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Islamic Law in Africa by J. D. Anderson

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THE GAMBIA

From some points of view the Gambia is the most Muslim of all the British territories in West Africa. It cannot, of course, compare with parts of Northern Nigeria in the number and erudition of its scholars, in the strictness of its attachment to the practices and precepts of Islam, or in the extent to which the substance and procedure of the Sharī‘a are enforced by the courts. But in the Gambia there are very few Christians outside Bathurst, and comparatively few who are frankly pagan; while the Laws of the Gambia include provisions for the application of Islamic law as such which are without parallel in any of the sister territories in West Africa.

LEGISLATION (Colony and Protectorctte)

The earliest of these provisions is the Muhammadan ...

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