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By Yushau Sodiq

This paintings analyzes the historical past of the applying of Islamic legislations (Shari`ah) in Nigeria. It analyzes how Islamic legislations emerged in Nigeria towards the start of the nineteenth century and remained appropriate till the coming of the British Colonial regime in Northern Nigeria in 1903. It sheds gentle on how the legislation survived colonial rule and maintains until eventually today.

Dr. Yushau Sodiq analyzes innovative components in Islamic legislations during the last centuries. He is going directly to speak about many objections raised by way of the Nigerian Christians opposed to the appliance of Islamic legislations, in addition to how Muslims reply to such feedback. In an international that's usually saturated with Islamophobia and ignorant misconceptions approximately Islam, this e-book goals to elucidate and reply to many vital suggestions and concepts inside of Islamic spiritual culture.

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In Dawodu v. Danmole,84 the deceased left two wives, one with nine children and the other with four. According to the Yoruba law of inheritance, the deceased’s property should have been distributed equally according to the number of the wives irrespective of the number of children. Thus, a mother who had ten children would share equally with a mother who had one child. In this case, one of the sons, Dawodu, appealed to the privy council for redistribution. His appeal was rejected on the grounds that the distribution was in accord with the customary law of Yoruba, and thus should be upheld.

Hence the spread of Islam, the stability of the state to some extent, and the spread of learning became noticeable. Freedom of movement within the areas dominated by Muslims might be ascribed to the application of Islamic law, which in corollary contributed to the progress attained by the Hausa people in a very short time. Of course, those who were applying the law were seen to be very learned in Islamic law and had access to considerable libraries containing the works of eminent jurists in Islam.

With its establishment in 1956, Muslims were permitted to appeal to it but its jurisdiction was also narrowed. 95 When members of this court include a Muslim scholar, the said Muslim must have been called to the bar and served for at least twelve years in the administration of justice at the state or federal level. 98 Muslim judges argued that the cases going to high courts from the Shari`ah court of appeal were A HISTORY OF ISLAMIC LAW IN NIGERIA 43 being decided by incompetent judges in Islamic law.

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