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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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“This Sijill is a Hujja!” Mass-producing Legal Documents in Ottoman Cairo

“This Sijill is a Hujja!” Mass-producing Legal Documents in Ottoman Cairo

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(p.103) Chapter Four “This Sijill is a Hujja!” Mass-producing Legal Documents in Ottoman Cairo
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Sharia and the Making of the Modern Egyptian
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Reem A. Meshal

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166174.003.0005

In the course of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, written legal documents were transformed from a privilege of the elite to an everyday necessity. Marriages, divorces, tax records, and inheritance settlements all came to be routinely documented in writing. A professional class of scribes and witnesses grew up to support the demand for legal documentation. The traditional preference for the oral testimony of eyewitnesses to a contract, in the event of a later dispute, eventually disappeared in favor of suitably witnessed written documents safeguarded in an official repository.

Keywords:   contract, notary, scribe, sijill

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