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Customary and Shari'ah law in Arabian society

Author: R B Serjeant
Publisher: Hampshire : Variorum, ©1991.
Series: Collected studies, CS349.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats

A collection of articles on the society and legal systems of South Arabia, both ancient and modern, using the study of the customary law of modern-day tribal society to illuminate the practices of  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: R B Serjeant
ISBN: 0860782999 9780860782995
OCLC Number: 26215992
Notes: Includes index.
Includes notes and passages in Arabic.
Description: 1 v. (various pagings) : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Contents: Preface; The Da'if and the Mustad'af and the status accorded to them in the Qur'an; The Caliph 'Umar's letters to Abu Musa al-Ash'ari and Mu'awiya; The interplay between tribal affinities and religious (Zaydi) authority in the Yemen; The 'Awdhillah Confederation with some reference to al-Hamdani; Dawlah, tribal shaykhs, the Mansab of the Waliyyah Sa'idah, qasamah, in the Fadli sultanate, South Arabian Federation; Yafi', Zaydis, Al Bu Bakr b. Salim and others: tribes and Sayyids; The Ma'n 'Gypsies' of the East Aden Protectorate; A Judeo-Arab housedeed from Habban (with notes on the former Jewish communities of the Wahidi Sultanate); Famine death without loss of honour in ancient Arabia and Yemeni Arhab; The 'White Dune' at Abyan: an ancient place of pilgrimage in Southern Arabia; Forms of plea: a Safi'i manual from al-Sihr; Two tribal law cases (documents), Wahidi Sultanate, South-west Arabia; Recent marriage legislation from al-Mukalla, with notes on marriage customs; Sex, birth, circumcision, some notes from South-west Arabia; Maritime customary law off the Arabian coasts; Omani naval activities off the Southern Arabian coast in the late 11th/17th centuries, from Yemeni chronicles; Notes on the 'Frankish Chancre' (syphilis) in Yemen, Egypt and Persia; Notes on some aspects of Arab business practices in Aden; Index.
Series Title: Collected studies, CS349.
Responsibility: R.B. Serjeant.


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'Serjeant's contribution to South Arabian Studies has been great and it is therefore useful to have so much of his work available in the Variorum reprint series.' Journal of Semitic Studies

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