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Islamic Law in Africa by J. D. Anderson

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GLOSSARY

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‘adl (pl. ‘udūl). A competent witness—i.e., one fulfilling all the requirements of the Islamic law. As such he must be a major, sane, free Muslim who faithfully performs his religious duties, leads a moral life, and has no personal interest in the case (although fidelity in ritual and morals is seldom in practice called in question in African territories today). Not only in criminal cases but in all matters other than financial, moreover, the Mālikīs and Shāfiīs insist on the witnesses being males—except in certain particulars which, from their nature, would be known only to women.

The term for a witness' competence is ‘adāla, and for the establishment of such competence ta'dīl (q.v.); while the more competent of two witnesses or groups ...

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