oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Customary family law in colonial Tanganyika: a study of change and continuity
|Article Title||Customary family law in colonial Tanganyika: a study of change and continuity|
|© Publisher:||Institute of Foreign and Comparative Law|
|Journal||Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 University of Bayreuth (Germany)|
|Publication Date||Nov 1998|
|Pages||373 - 383|
|Keyword(s)||African customary law, Bena customary family law, Customary family law, Customary Law Unification Project, Customary rules, German East Africa, German South West Africa, Pare customary family law, Polygamy and Tanganyika|
This contribution gives only an idea of the kind of information which can be gained by analysing existing but virtually forgotten material on research in customary law in colonial Tanganyika. It is, of course, necessary to inquire about the questions and the respective answers and to consult additional literature on African customary law. An isolated analysis restricted to the results of the two research projects as a source for the explanation of the changes and continuities of African customary law makes little sense. Nevertheless, the answers given to the questionnaires in 1910 and 1961 about customary rules represent a rare resource of information for certain aspects of African family and succession laws. The collected material, therefore, can be an important source for research into legal anthropology in colonial Tanganyika if considered together with additional literature on African customary laws.
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