This book underlines the mutability of Islamic law and attempts to relate its substantive and institutional varieties and transformations to social, political, economic and other historical circumstances. The studies in the book range from discussion of the received wisdom in Islamic law to studies of legal institutions and the theoretical means employed by Islamic law for the accommodation of changing historical circumstances.
First published in 1988.
Preface. Abbreviations. 1. The Family, Inheritance, and Islam: A e-examination of the Sociology of Fara’id Law Martha Mundy 1.1. Modern Interpretations of the Islamic Laws of Inheritance. 1.2. The Sociology of Origins Re-examined. 1.3. Law and Practice of Inheritance: Comparative Questions Re-examined. 2. Qanun and Sharia in the Ottoman Context Richard Repp 3. Islamic Law as a Source for the Development of a Comparative Jurisprudence: Theory and Practice in the Life and Work of Sanhuri Enid Hill 4. Institutions of Justice in Fatamid Egypt Amin Haji 5. The Transformation of the Muslim Court System in Colonial Algeria Allan Christelow 6. Islamic Laws in the Sudan Safiya Safwat 7. Islamic Legal Theory and the Appropriation of Reality Aziz Al-Azmeh. Index of Arabic and Turkish Terms. General Index