Banjul Muslims and the Islamic Court
By Walter Hawthorne and Bala Saho
Sainabou Badjie brought her husband Mansour Sarr before the Qadi claiming that he refused to sleep with her and also refused to maintain her. The Qaid advised them to reconcile.
On June 6, 1927, Muhammad Bojang appeared before the qadi of Bathurst to enter a claim against his wife, Isatou Fye. He took oath that Isatou was "mischievous" and "uncooperative."
Mariama Demba brought her husband Muhammad Jobe and complained that Muhammad converted to Islam but after a month, he converted to Christianity. The Qadi ordered divorce.
Njagga Faal brought his wife Aminata Darbo before the Qadi of Bathurst asking for a divorce and requesting the return of or right to all the money and property he had given to her, her relatives and friends. Aminata in her defense rejected most of what Njagga claimed. The Qadi ordered divorce and asked the wife to return five pounds and 10 shillings to the husband.
Awa Fofana brought her husband Mukhtarr Senghor before the Qadi of Bathurst and complained that her husband Mukhtarr did not cloth and maintain her well. Mukhtarr refuted Awa's claims but the Qadi ordered Mukhtarr to pay for the maintenance of the children and referred them to the Police Court.
The claimant, Isatou Hydara complained that her husband Ousman Mbacke accused her of fornication and criticized her ethnic origins. She cited these are the reasons she left the marriage and household. Ousman said that he did not ask her to leave. The Qadi ordered divorce and asked the husband to pay 20 pounds and 9 shillings to the woman and also 20 shillings each mon Show More
Kumba Jaw brought her husband Muhammad Jallow before the Qadi of Bathurst claiming that Muhammad molested and insulted her. The Qadi asked Kumba Jaw to return to Muhammad but she chose divorce.
Fatoumata Sawo brought her husband Ekeri Njie to claim for her maintenance, remainder of her dowry, and money he promised to give her. The Qadi asked Ekeri to give Fatoumata the money and marriage should continue.
Muhammad Njie brought his wife Rohey Secka before the Qadi of Bathurst in order to divorce her. The Qadi ordered divorce and asked the husband to pay the wife the remainder of the dowry.
Aminata Sanneh brought her husband Sainey Jammeh before the Qadi of Bathurst and complained that Saniey refused to take care of her while she was sick.The husband denied the allegation and said that the wife used to put spell on him.
Fatou Sowe came to court so that her husband Abicks Sanneh could return her to Kaolack, Senegal.
This is a photo of a family compound taken in the city of Bathurst (Banjul) in 1910.
The Government House in Bathurst, Gambia circa 1902 (Currently the State House in Banjul)
A photo of a market in Bathurst, Gambia in 1910
This is a photo of Old Magistrate Court House, where appeals of the Qadi Court decisions were brought. This photo was taken in Bathurst, Gambia in the early 20th century
This is a photo of the cover of the 1915-1919 Qadi Court Case Book that exists in the Gambian National Archives, scans of which are in the British Library's Endangered Archives.
This is an image of a Senegambian women from the 1910s. The artist is unknown. The original is a gelatin silver print.
This is a photo of the Roman Catholic Church in Bathurst, Gambia in the early 20th century
This is a photo of Wellington Street in Bathurst, Gambia in the early 20th century
Albert Market in the mid 20th century