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Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 By David S. Powers (Cornell University, New York)

Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 by David S. Powers (Cornell University, New York)

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In this 2002 book, David Powers analyses the application of Islamic law through cases which took place in the medieval Maghrib. The source for these disputes are fatwas issued by the muftis, which the author uses to situate each case in its historical context and to interpret the legal principles.

Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 Summary

Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 by David S. Powers (Cornell University, New York)

Focusing on the Maghrib in the period between 1300 and 1500, in this 2002 book David Powers analyses the application of Islamic law through the role of the mufti. To unravel the sophistication of the law, he considers six cases which took place in the Marinid period on subjects as diverse as paternity, fornication, water rights, family endowments, the slander of the Prophet and disinheritance. The source for these disputes are fatwas issued by the muftis, which the author uses to situate each case in its historical context and to interpret the principles of Islamic law. In so doing he demonstrates that, contrary to popular stereotypes, muftis were in fact dedicated to reasoned argument, and sensitive to the manner in which law, society and culture interacted. The book represents a groundbreaking approach to a complex field. It will be read by students of Islamic law and those interested in traditional Muslim societies.

Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 Reviews

Review of the hardback: ' ... paints a vivid picture of Muslim society in the Maghrib in the 14th and 15th centuries.' Cornell Chronicle
Review of the hardback: '[A] major contribution to the history of Islamic law, as well as that of North Africa ... For an understanding of that society and its history, his analysis is a gem.' Michael Brett, The Times Literary Supplement
Review of the hardback: 'The book is a must for anyone who wants to understand how Islamic law functioned in practice after 287/900. The material ... is presented in a clear and systematic manner, not only making it accessible for the non-legal mind but also actually engaging the reader in such a way that one awaits the outcome with interest.' Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
Review of the hardback: '... highly readable ...' Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam
Review of the hardback: '... a major landmark ... even without a profound knowledge of Islamic law, these case-studies will attract those interested in the actual application of sacred laws as well as in the cultural specific notions involved in the elaboration of legal doctrine.' Numen
Review of the hardback: 'Powers' volume is one of the first in the field for an Anglophone readership, and it is wholly appropriate that it features in the distinguished series 'Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization'.' Journal of Legal History

About David S. Powers (Cornell University, New York)

David S. Powers is currently Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of Studies in Qur'an and Hadith: The Formation of the Islamic Law of Inheritance (1986), and co-editor of Islamic Legal Interpretation: Muftis and the Fatwas (1996), and Editor of the journal Islamic Law and Society.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Kadijustiz or Qadi-justice? A paternity dispute from fourteenth-century Morocco; 2. From Almohadism to Malikism: the case of al-Haskuri, the Mocking Jurist, c. 712-16/1312-16; 3. A riparian dispute in the Middle Atlas mountains, c. 683-824/1285-1421; 4. Conflicting conceptions of property in Fez, 741-826/1340-1423; 5. Preserving the Prophet's honor: Sharifism, Sufism and Malikism in Tlemcen, 843/1439; 6. On modes of judicial reasoning: two fatwas on Tawlij, c. 880/1475; Conclusion: the Mufti.

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GOR011013415
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Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 by David S. Powers (Cornell University, New York)
Used - Very Good
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Cambridge University Press
2009-10-22
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