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Periodical article Periodical article
Title:When is a divorce a divorce? Determining intention in Zanzibar's Islamic courts
Author:Stiles, Erin E.ISNI
Year:2003
Periodical:Ethnology
Volume:42
Issue:2
Pages:273-288
Language:English
Geographic terms:Tanzania
Zanzibar
Subject:Shari'a
Abstract:Establishing intention in legal acts is a crucial element of judicial reasoning in Zanzibar's Islamic courts. The author explores how Islamic judges determine the validity of divorce-related actions through assessing the intention of the actors involved. Examining two recent cases from a court in rural Zanzibar demonstrates how a judge determines the intention behind actions. The judge considers the range of possible meanings of divorce-related actions in the cultural context of Zanzibar.[Abstract journal]
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