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Shari'ah on Trial: Northern Nigeria's Islamic Revolution

Sarah Eltantawi


In November, 1999, hundreds of thousands of Northern Nigerians took to the streets of Zamfara state to demand the (re)implementation of full shar’iah penal law. Insisting on the laws of God where the laws of man had failed, Nigerians believed shari’ah would stem massive corruption and deepening poverty in their society. Two years after shar’iah, a peasant woman from Katsina state, Amina Lawal, was sentenced to death by stoning for committing the crime of zinā, or illegal sexual activity, raising world wide concern about her fate and that of Nigeria. This book critically examines this western r ... More

Keywords: Northern Nigeria, Shari’ah, Boko Haram, Stoning Punishment, Hausaland, Amina Lawal, Islamic law in Nigeria, Women in Nigeria, Maliki School, Early Islamic Law, Colonialism in Nigeria

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520293779
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520293779.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Eltantawi, author
Evergreen State College