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Implementation and Implications of the Sharia: Endgame in Nigeria

The decision by 12 out of the 36 states of the Nigerian federation to
reinstate the sharia criminal code brought an end to the steady erosion
of its area of jurisdiction since the colonial conquest. The built-in
reforms of judiciary systems were massively endorsed in the predominantly
Muslim Northern states where this was interpreted as a concrete
response to the spread of violence, corruption and insecurity. The patterns
of administration of islamic criminal code are reviving past
debates on its political instrumentalisation, and the social impact of a
rigid approach to punishments which is also particularly discriminatory
towards women. The reinstatement of the sharia criminal code is but
one of the manifestations of an overall revival of neo-traditionalist
strategies in Nigeria, correlated with a regression of federal claims to
territorial control. The consociational arrangements established in the
late 1960s to curb secessionist pressure have become dysfunctional and
Nigeria looks increasingly like a country without a state.


Référence électonique : Daniel C. BACH, "Implementation and Implications of the Sharia: Endgame in Nigeria", Pouvoirs, revue française d’études constitutionnelles et politiques, n°104, 104 - Islam et démocratie, p.121-133 . Consulté le 2020-08-12 20:42:22 . URL : https://revue-pouvoirs.fr/Implementation-and-Implications-of.html