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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 Documented Life

The Documented Life

(p.125) Chapter Five The Documented Life
Sharia and the Making of the Modern Egyptian

Reem A. Meshal

American University in Cairo Press

A written document sets out a legal situation and its resolution in a transportable and permanent form. In this way, it mediates between the individual and the world. It detaches the person from local custom and leads to a civil code that applies to all subjects, including non-Muslims. This is a fundamental change in the relationship between state and society, because the religious, ethnic, or geographical community to which a person belongs can no longer mediate between the individual and the state. This change marks the beginning of the transition from subject to proto-citizen.

Keywords:   Christians, divorce, hujja, Jews, marriage

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