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Islamic law in action : authority, discretion, and everyday experiences in Mamluk Egypt

Author: Kristen Stilt
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A vibrant account of the practice of Islamic law, this book focuses on the actions of a particular legal official, the muhtasib, whose vast jurisdiction included all public behavior. In the cities of Cairo and neighboring Fustat during the Mamluk period (1250-1517), the muhtasib is best described as a regulator of markets and public spaces. They traversed the city carrying out their duties to forbid wrongful acts  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kristen Stilt
ISBN: 9780199602438 0199602433
OCLC Number: 714724970
Description: xii, 238 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
The Mamluk sultanage and Islamic legal history --
Introducing the Muhtasib --
Muslim devotional and pious practices --
Serious crimes or minor offences? --
Managing Christians and Jews --
Market regulation and consumer protection --
The markets for essential bread --
Currency and taxes --
Keeping the peace.
Responsibility: Kristen Stilt.
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Taking a "law in action" approach to the study of Islamic law through a focus on the activities of the muhtasib in medieval Cairo and Fustat, this book paints a clear picture of the practice of  Read more...

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The book fills one of the gaps in our knowledge of the functioning of the Islamic law in the past. * Paulina B. Lewicka, Quaderni di Studi Arabi * Stilt's book is an important contribution to the Read more...

 
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