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Introduction

Stilt Talar

in Islamic Law in Action

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602438
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729348 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602438.003.0001
Introduction

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The Introduction places the book in the context of the larger “law and society” literature and explains why the legal official at the center of the book, the muhtasib, is an ideal point of entry into the practice of law in Mamluk Egypt. The Introduction explains how this book follows in the line of studies that have used court records from historical Muslim societies and those that have used fatwas, the legal opinions of muftis. It discusses the sources used in the book and presents the book’s methodology, and then outlines the contents of the remaining chapters.

Keywords: law and society; judge; court records; Ottoman Empire; Fatwa; Mufti; chronicles

Chapter.  7694 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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