Religion has played an indispensable role in the governance and legal system of the Maldives since time immemorial. Customs, norms, constitutions and laws—both written and unwritten—denote the significance of religion, and the influence it has had on the shaping of Maldivian society and the political system. This Part1 presents a historical retrospective view and describes how the various legal cultures were entertained in the pre-constitutional era of the Maldives. The pre-Islamic era of Maldivian history shows that Maldivians were nature-worshipers, and later...
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