مجلة العلوم الإنسانية
Volume 5, Numéro 2, Pages 107-121
Eddissi’s fetwa on the testimony given by phone The french colonization of Algeria was not limited merely to the occupation of a foreign land by european –mainly French newcomers – but it did result, in the long run, in the reshuffling of societal ,economic and political institutions of an until then a sovereign state ; with a guiding goal in mind : to erase all that relates to the known identity of subdued algerians and replace it with the newcomers’ knowhow and values. By so doing , France knowingly or unknowingly unleashed a civilizational clash between local means and values and european ones that lasted for more than a century . As a case in point ,we introduce in this paper the opinion of a known scholar of the epoch cheikh ad-Dissi ( 1854¬1879) who was asked to issue a fetwa ( a learned opinon ) on the chariaa ‘s view on the validity of a testimony given by phone ;we have to bare in mind here that the use of the telephone was newly introduced in the colony ;and it’s use in testifying was seen by some people as a heresy .To testify, someone has to be present !. That’s one tiny issue from a wider range against which the local people found themselves struggling daily.
Eddissi’s fetwa ; testimony ;