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Sharia in Nigeria: a reflection on the debates’

The Zamfara State of Nigeria Shari’ah Penal Code Law – January 2000: some

Författare och institution:
Hauwa Mahdi (Institutionen för globala studier)
Publicerad i:
Journal of Gombe State University, Nigeria, Dec., 2007, vol. 1 ( no. 1 )
Artikel, övrig vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Shortly after the reintroduction of civilian governance in Nigeria in 1999, Zamfara state became the first state of the country to pass into law, capital punishments under Islamic law. It was followed in quick succession by many states of the northern parts of the country. Safiya Hussaini, an ordinary rural Hausa woman, became the first woman to be accused of getting pregnant outside marriage in contravention of the new law. The paper takes its cue from the prosecution and sentencing of Safiya Hussaini to death by stoning by the Upper Sharia Court of Gwadabawa in Sokoto state. The paper is about the media debates surrounding the application of Sharia in Nigeria today. The objective is to analyse the main theme of the debates, which is the immutability of Sharia. In other words, the intention is to challenge some of the points of view of the debaters who see the Sharia as an immutability law of God. One of the arguments used here to challenge that position is in fact in the Zamfara Sharia law itself. In this case I will rest my argument on the idea of “theft”. The other argument is rather a perceptual/conceptual problem - in the idea of translating Sharia in the Islamic tradition to mean a coded law in the contemporary sense. The point is to show the male-centred selection of Islamic traditions to justify the oppression of women and other disadvantaged Nigerians. This stance is evident both in the Sharia laws instituted in the year 2000 and the debates that ensued.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Sharia, Nigeria
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