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Sharia and the Making of the Modern EgyptianIslamic Law and Custom in the Courts of Ottoman Cairo$
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Reem A. Meshal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166174

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166174.001.0001

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The Empire in Theory

The Empire in Theory

(p.17) Chapter One The Empire in Theory
Sharia and the Making of the Modern Egyptian

Reem A. Meshal

American University in Cairo Press

Ottoman sigills—repositories of legal documents—shed considerable light on everyday legal practices. In particular, they reflect the processes by which a multiethnic, multiconfessional, geographically vast empire came to be united in “bureaucratized justice,” in which the authority of clan, community, and sect gradually yielded to a more uniform interpretation and application of the law as set out by the state. The result was the creation of an Ottoman political identity that paved the way for the notion of citizenship.

Keywords:   secularism, sharia, sigill, sin

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