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In the shoes of the colonized

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This chapter explains the geography of dividing colonies into 'modern' and 'native' spaces, which has best been described by Fanon as Manichaean for being opposed, but not in the service of a higher unity. To bring out the disabling colonial knowledge permeating this geography, the chapter maps these dichotomies and examines their impact on institutions as grand as the judiciary as well as on mundane objects such as types of shoes. The Sudan Judiciary was established after the British conquest of the country in 1898. The Sharia Division was 'competent to decide, and apply sharia law, to personal status of Muslims' on any question of marriage, divorce, family relations, inheritance, wills, legacies, gifts, and religious endowments. In terms of leadership and pay, the Civil Division was made superior to the Sharia Division, the civil judges were to supervise qadis, and terms of service were stacked in favor of judges.

Keywords: colonialism; Manichaean; Sharia division; shoes; Sudan Judiciary



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