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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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The Sanhuri Code and the Emergence of Modern Arab Civil Law (1932 - 1949)


ISBN13: 9789004158788
Published: October 2007
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Country of Publication: The Netherlands
Format: Hardback
Price: £128.00



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Dr. ‘Abd al-Razzāq al-Sanhūrī (1895-1971) is one of the most prominent jurists to emerge to date in the Arab world. His alarm at the growing social gap in his country, Egypt, during the first half of the twentieth century, fueled his vision of establishing moral social order by means of a new civil code.

Although Sanhūrī’s chosen tool was the legal text, this book argues that his vision was essentially a social one: to introduce the principles of compassion, solidarity and fairness, alongside progress and pragmatism, into polarized Egyptian society, whereby property laws acquired a social function, the laws of partnership were perceived as having an educational value, and contract law was activated as a balance favoring the weaker members of society.

Accordingly, this book examines the drafting of the Egyptian Civil Code, exposing the hitherto unknown sociological strata of this act of legislation.