Project

The history of Islamic law courts in Tanzania, ca. 1950-2010

Duration
01 January 2018 → 31 December 2021
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • History
  • Social sciences
    • Metalaw
Keywords
Islam Tanzania East Africa Islamism legal pluralism secularism
 
Project description

In Tanzania, the colonial government supported courts applying Islamic family law, which the independent government closed down. The project examines the legal practices of late colonial ‘kadhis’ courts’, reasons for their abolition, and the implications for Muslim congregations. It also examines why and how the demand for the reintroduction of kadhis’ courts has become a focus for
recent Muslim activism.