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eBook Islamic Law in Action: Authority, Discretion, and Everyday Experiences in Mamluk Egypt ePub

by Kristen Stilt

eBook Islamic Law in Action: Authority, Discretion, and Everyday Experiences in Mamluk Egypt ePub
Author: Kristen Stilt
Language: English
ISBN: 0199602433
ISBN13: 978-0199602438
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (March 21, 2012)
Pages: 336
Category: Humanities
Subcategory: Other
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 126
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Islamic Law in Action is a valuable contribution to law and society studies and at the same time a marvelous introduction to pre-modern Middle Eastern society generally

Islamic Law in Action is a valuable contribution to law and society studies and at the same time a marvelous introduction to pre-modern Middle Eastern society generally. By focusing on actual cases, this first comprehensive study of the muhtasib, the official most intimately involved in the regulation of public life, shows vividly how the actions of ordinary people, the laws of jurists, and the policy dictates of the ruler were interwoven.

As elaborated in the article, these arguments have important implications for modern as well historical settings. Specifically, Stilt's discussion of Islamic law in action reveals the.

In the cities of Cairo and neighboring Fustat during the Mamluk period (1250-1517), the men who held the position of muhtasib acted as regulators of markets and public spaces generally. They traversed their jurisdictions carrying out the duty to command right and forbid wrong, and were as much a part of the legal landscape as the better-known figures of judge and mufti.

Islamic Law in Action book. In the cities of Cairo and neighboring Fustat during the Mamluk period (1250-1517), the men who held the position of muhtasib acted as regulators of markets and public spaces generally

Islamic Law in Action book. In the cities of Cairo and neighboring Fustat during the Mamluk period (1250-1517), the men who held the position of muhtasib acted as regulators of markets and public spaces generally.

Kristen Stilt is Associate Professor in the departments of Law and History at Northwestern University. She has been named a Carnegie Scholar for her work on constitutional authority and Islamic law in the Muslim world. from the University of Texas School of Law and a PhD. in History and Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University.

Kristen Stilt has written a splendid work in Islamic Law in Action, one . Stilt offers in this work a careful and scholarly legal approach to the application of Islamic law in Egypt's Mamluk era that is largely unprecedented.

Kristen Stilt has written a splendid work in Islamic Law in Action, one whose influence is certain to resonate in years to come. The work would have benefited from some of the lessons of American critical legal studies, and is insights respecting the types of structural inequalities that law often imposes.

Islamic Law in Action is a valuable contribution to law and society studies and at the same time a marvelous introduction to pre-modern Middle Eastern society generally

Islamic Law in Action is a valuable contribution to law and society studies and at the same time a marvelous introduction to pre-modern Middle Eastern society generally.

Affiliations are at time of print publication. Kristen Stilt, author Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University. Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A vibrant account of the practice of Islamic law, this book focuses on the actions of a particular legal official, the muhtasib, whose vast jurisdiction included all public behavior. In the cities of Cairo and neighboring Fustat during the Mamluk period (1250-1517), the muhtasib is best described as a regulator of markets and public spaces. They traversed the city carrying out their duties to forbid wrongful acts and require mandatory ones, and were as much a part of the legal landscape as the better-known figures of judge and mufti. Taking direction from the rulers, the sultan foremost among them, they were also guided by legal doctrine as formulated by the jurists, combining these two sources of law in one face of authority. The daily workings of law are illuminated by the reports of the muhtasib in the rich chronicles of the Mamluk period, which also record the responses of the individuals who encountered him. The book is organized around actions taken by the muhtasib in the areas of Muslim devotional and pious practice; crimes and offenses; the management of Christians and Jews; market regulation and consumer protection; the essential bread markets; currency and taxes; and public order. These records show that legal doctrine was clearly relevant to the muhtasib's actions, but the policy demands of the sultan were also very important, and rules from both sources of authority intersected with social, political, economic, and even personal motivating factors and produce the fullest possible picture of the practice of Islamic law.
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