African at Noon – April 6, Philip Ostien

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

The Independent Sharia Panel of Lagos State

Philip Ostien
Independent scholar and former lecturer in Law
University of Jos, Nigeria

Time and Location: 12:00pm, 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive, Madison, WI

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In 2002, Muslim activists in Lagos State took it upon themselves to set up what amounts to a private arbitration tribunal—the Independent Sharia Panel (ISP). The ISP was established to fill what the activists regard as an urgent need: for some forum in Lagos State which administers Islamic law. The talk will describe the Lagos ISP: who is behind it, what it is, and how it is getting along in the world.

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