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Islamic Law in Africa by J. D. Anderson

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APPENDIX B

THE IMMIGRANT MUSLIM COMMUNITIES

The immigrant Muslim communities of East Africa include Indians, Baluchis, Persians and Arabs from all parts of Arabia,1 while the much smaller number of immigrant2 Muslims on the West Coast are mostly made up of Lebanese, Syrians, “Arabs” from North Africa and a few Indians. In matters of law the Indians of East Africa are divided into Sunnīs and Shī'īs, the former almost exclusively Ḥanafīs (including some Cutchi Memons and, for practical purposes, the Aḥmadīs also), while the latter are sub-divided first into Ithnā ‘Asharīs and Ismā'īlīs, and then further, in the latter case, into the Eastern and Western3 Ismā'īlīs respectively: but it is to be noted that most of the Indian Ithnā ‘Asharīs in East ...

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