“Governance and Islam in East Africa: Muslims and the State”
II. Law - Key Questions
• 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?
• 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)