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Negotiating Legitimacy through the Law

Leslie Peirce

in Morality Tales

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520228900
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926974 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520228900.003.0008
Negotiating Legitimacy through the Law

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This chapter examines the role of the court in the dialogue between the local and the imperial that shaped Aintab's entry into a vast empire. It explains that the presence of the court allowed people to pursue lawful strategies of resistance and thereby to engage local representatives of state authority in a dialogue about provincial governance. The chapter describes the political contract between the governing regime and its, subjects and the role played by the court in mediating tensions between them.

Keywords: court; Aintab; resistance; state authority; provincial governance; political contract

Chapter.  17381 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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