Emory International Law Review


Eyene Okpanachi


Utilizing documentary sources and interviews carried out in Kaduna and Kebbi States between 2008 and 2009, this Essay asks the following questions: what forms of discord or compromise emerged over the Sharia policy and what were the implications of these transformations on the dynamics of these states? What is the nature of the citizenship, identity contestations, and conflicts that have ensued over the Sharia policy in these states and how have they been managed or mismanaged? What are the mechanisms instituted or utilized to accommodate differences arising over the implementation of Sharia in these two states, and how does Sharia in these two states interface with the secular state? An analysis of these issues will help us to dispel crude generalizations and totalizing narratives over the Sharia question.