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​“Governance and Islam in East Africa: Muslims and the State”

II. ​​Law - Key Questions ​


Jurisdictional Issues:

• What is the status of Islamic law and what is the role of the Kadhi’s court in the region? – its history, the way both Muslims and non-Muslims perceive it, the recent debate about it, its relationship to civil courts, etc.

• Are there parallels between “customary law” and the jurisdiction of the Kadhi’s court? Are Muslims affected by “customary law”?

• Legal education and training: are there Kadhis or others who administer and interpret the law? What kind of training is required or available in different states and regions?

Minority Status:

• How do the state constitutions affect Muslims – that is, in a way that is different from the way the constitutions affect other groups?

• Do non-state actors (NGOs, legal aid societies) play a role in navigating between lay people (Muslims) and the state?

Gender and law in East Africa: 

• What is the position of Muslim women vis-a-vis national law? Does it affect them any differently from other women?

• Legal consciousness and legal communication: how do women acquire knowledge about the law?  

• What is the role of Swahili in legal communication? (Women and legal language in East Africa)