Legal Pluralism & Women’s Rights: A Study in Post-Colonial Tanzania


Calaguas, Mark J., Cristina M. Drost, and Edward R. Fluet. 2007. “Legal Pluralism & Women’s Rights: A Study in Post-Colonial Tanzania.” Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 16 (2): 471-549.

Authors: Mark J. Calaguas, Cristina M. Drost, Edward R. Fluet


Recognizing a dearth of legal research on Zanzibar, the authors explore the complex legal and cultural landscape of this archipelago and its relationship to mainland Tanzania. The article discusses the problems that arise when multicultural societies adopt a pluralist system of justice in order to preserve the traditions of its diverse communities. Although the article focuses on Tanzania, the problems that arise from multicultural accommodations affect not only young, postcolonial nations in Africa and Asia, but also individuals in cosmopolitan, economically-developed countries such as Israel and the United States. As countries wrestle with ever diversifying ethnic and religious populations, such a study is an important tool in ensuring that equal rights are provided to all citizens.

Topics: Ethnicity, Gender, Women, Justice, Religion, Rights, Women's Rights Regions: Africa, East Africa Countries: Tanzania

Year: 2007

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