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Interplay between Tribal and Sharī Law: A Case of Tibbāwī Blood Money in the Sharīa Court of Kufra

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In the early 1940s the Sharīa Court of Kufra (Libya) issued a legal document dealing with a blood money dispute among the Tibāwī tribe. I provide here an annotated translation of this document together with an analysis of the interaction between sharia and customary law. Although the court issued its judgment in accordance with "Tibāwī tribal customary law," several indicators suggest that the apportionment of blood money among the victim's relatives reflects a compromise between tribal and sharī law. By conferring sharīa legitimacy on an earlier out-of-court agreement, the qādī contributes to bringing tribesmen within the orbit of the sharīa.


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