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Vol 22 No 3 March/April 2017

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Sharia and the Making of the Modern Egyptian: Islamic Law and Custom in the Courts of Ottoman Cairo

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ISBN13: 9789774166174
Published: December 2013
Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
Country of Publication: Egypt
Format: Hardback
Price: £49.50



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In this book, the author examines sijills, the official documents of the Ottoman Islamic courts, to understand how sharia law, society and the early-modern economy of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ottoman Cairo related to the practice of custom in determining rulings. In the sixteenth century, a new legal and cultural orthodoxy fostered the development of an early-modern Islam that broke new ground, giving rise to a new concept of the citizen and his role. Contrary to the prevailing scholarly view, this work adopts the position that local custom began to diminish and decline as a source of authority.

These issues resonate today, several centuries later, in the continuing discussions of individual rights in relation to Islamic law.