Berber Dahir

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the sultan's order that in 1930 removed morocco's berbers from the jurisdiction of islamic law.

The Berber Dahir, a decree issued by Morocco's sultan at the instigation of French colonial authorities on 16 May 1930, created courts in Berber-speaking regions that decided cases by codified local custom (urf) instead of Islamic law (shariʿa). The mass urban protests against the decree served as a catalyst for Morocco's nationalist movement and drew support from Muslims worldwide.

see also shariʿa.


Pennell, C. R. Morocco since 1830: A History. New York: New York University Press, 2000.

Dale F. Eickelman