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The Age of Development and Continuity, 12th–15th Centuries CE  

Marion Katz

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Nov 2018
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Oct 2015
This article examines the historical development and social and intellectual functioning of Islamic law in the twelfth through fifteenth centuries. In particular, it considers the ... More

Blackstone  

John V. Orth

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Aug 2018
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Sep 2018
This chapter focuses on Sir William Blackstone (1723–1780), the author of the most important book in the history of the common law. The four-volume Commentaries on the Laws of England ... More

‘By The Light of The Moon’: Looking For China’s Rich Legal Tradition  

Tahirih V. Lee

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Aug 2018
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Sep 2018
This chapter begins with a brief overview of the foundations of the field of Chinese legal history. It then delves into questions of methodology and approach. Three such questions face the ... More

Indian Law  

Mitra Sharafi

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Aug 2018
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Sep 2018
This chapter considers what the future holds for the field of Indian legal history, which has burgeoned since the late 1990s. It explores opportunities for methodological innovation ... More

Law in the Ottoman Empire  

Haim Gerber

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Nov 2018
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Sep 2015
This article examines Ottoman law within the context of Islamic law. It first considers the fetva (Arabic, fatwa) collections as important sources shedding light on Ottoman law and their ... More

Legislation as an Instrument of Islamic Law  

Leonard Wood

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Nov 2018
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May 2016
This article examines legislation as an instrument of Islamic law in the history of the Islamic world and in Islamic legal theory, with particular emphasis on the scholarly analysis of ... More

The Mazalim in Historiography  

Mathieu Tillier

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Nov 2018
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Oct 2015
This article traces the origins of mazalim, a term that refers to a specific institution, also called wilayat al-mazalim or al-nazar fi al-mazalim, which was expected to adjudicate ... More

Origins of and Influences on Islamic law  

Benjamin Jokisch

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Nov 2018
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Oct 2015
This article examines the origins and evolution of Islamic law as well as its influences. In particular, it considers four major issues of Islamic law discussed by the shari‘a experts, ... More

Public Law before ‘Public Law’  

Bernardo Sordi

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Jul 2018
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Aug 2018
The chapter analyses the historical significance of the distinction between public and private law. Despite the precise and remote Roman origins, it was only at the beginning of the ... More

The Turkish Republic  

Ruth A. Miller

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Nov 2018
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Sep 2015
This article examines the historical role that Islamic law has played in the Turkish Republic. It first considers multifaceted trends in scholarship on Islamic law in Republican Turkey ... More

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