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Title:Muslim law courts and the French colonial state in Algeria
Author:Christelow, AllanISNI
Year:1985
Pages:311
Language:English
City of publisher:Princeton, NJ
Publisher:Princeton University Press
ISBN:069105438X
Geographic terms:Algeria
France
Subjects:colonialism
Islamic law
courts
Abstract:The study examines in detail how the French colonial state intervened in the lives of the colonized, expecially in an aspect of it which would normally be termed traditional. With northern Algeria as its frame of reference, it examines the Muslim courts from 1854, when the French first intervened in Islamic legal matters, through the gradual subordination of the courts and judges that went on until World War I. The book shows how the judges' ultimately unsuccessful attempts to retain Algerian autonomy in religious matters within the colonial framework nevertheless played a crucial role in preserving Algerian identity.
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