© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/156851910X493189 Islamic Law and Society 17 (2010) 375-419 www.brill.nl/ils Islamic Law and Society Correspondence : Gunnar Weimann, Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam, e Netherlands. Email : G.J.Weimann@uva.nl * I thank Rudolph Peters and Philip Ostien for their important input and valuable com- ments on drafts of this article, David Powers for his stylistic and editorial remarks, and the anonymous readers for their suggestions. Final responsibility for the contents rests with me. Islamic Law and Muslim Governance in Northern Nigeria: Crimes against Life, Limb and Property in Sharī ʿa Judicial Practice * Gunnar J. Weimann Abstract A decade ago, twelve northern Nigerian states introduced Islamic criminal legislation. Many governors of these states supported the move only with reluctance. ey were caught between popular demands for the introduction of the sharīʿa and the exigencies of their oﬃce, established by the Nigerian Constitution. eir situation may be com- pared to that of the colonial period emirs whose legitimacy was closely linked to the imple mentation of Islamic criminal law, but who were forced to implement British orders containing its application. In this article, I analyse the judicial practice of modern sharīʿa
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Published: Jan 1, 2010
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