Banjul Muslims and the Islamic Court

By Walter Hawthorne and Bala Saho




Court Cases


Badjie VS Sarr: Court Transcript (1952)

Date: March 27, 1952
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.


Bojang VS Fye: Court Transcript (1927)

Date: June 2, 1927
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."
Demba VS Jobe: Court Transcript (1954)

Demba VS Jobe: Court Transcript (1954)

Date: March 30, 1954
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.

Faal VS Darbo: Court Transcript (1927)

Date: August 16, 1927
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.

Fofana VS Senghor:Court Transcript (1952)

Date: July 21, 1952
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.
Hydara VS Mbacke: Court Transcript (1953)

Hydara VS Mbacke: Court Transcript (1953)

Date: December 1, 1953
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

Jaw VS Jallow: Court Transcript (1927)

Date: May 19, 1927
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.

Njie VS Fatoumata: Court Transcript (1952)

Date: May 27, 1952
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.
Njie VS Secka: Court Transcript (1954)

Njie VS Secka: Court Transcript (1954)

Date: December 19, 1954
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.
Sanneh VS Jammeh: Court Transcript (1952)

Sanneh VS Jammeh: Court Transcript (1952)

Date: April 24, 1952
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.
Sowe VS Sanneh: Court Transcript (1952)

Sowe VS Sanneh: Court Transcript (1952)

Date: May 20, 1952
Fatou Sowe came to court so that her husband Abicks Sanneh could return her to Kaolack, Senegal.



Images

A family compound

A family compound

Date: 1910
This is a photo of a family compound taken in the city of Bathurst (Banjul) in 1910.
Colonial Government House

Colonial Government House

Date: 1902
The Government House in Bathurst, Gambia circa 1902 (Currently the State House in Banjul)
Market Place at Bathurst

Market Place at Bathurst

Date: 1910
A photo of a market in Bathurst, Gambia in 1910
Old Magistrate Court House

Old Magistrate Court House

Date Range: 1910-1919
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
Qadi Court Case Book Cover

Qadi Court Case Book Cover

Date: 1915
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.
Senegambian Woman

Senegambian Woman

Date Range: 1910-1919
This is an image of a Senegambian women from the 1910s. The artist is unknown. The original is a gelatin silver print.
The Roman Catholic Church: After the Service

The Roman Catholic Church: After the Service

Date Range: 1910-1919
This is a photo of the Roman Catholic Church in Bathurst, Gambia in the early 20th century
Wellington Street

Wellington Street

Date Range: 1910-1919
This is a photo of Wellington Street in Bathurst, Gambia in the early 20th century
Women in the Market

Women in the Market

Date: 1950
Albert Market in the mid 20th century
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