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

Reem A. Meshal


In this new study, 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 so ... More

Keywords: court, custom, Egypt, Ottoman, sharia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789774166174
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166174.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Reem A. Meshal, author
Louisiana State University