Judging in the Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian Legal Traditions: A Comparison of Theory and Practice, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Judging in the Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian Legal Traditions

A Comparison of Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

By Janos Jany


242 pages

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This book presents a comparative analysis of the judiciary in the Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian legal systems. It compares postulations of legal theory to legal practice in order to show that social practice can diverge significantly from religious and legal principles. It thus provides a greater understanding of the real functions of religion in these legal systems, regardless of the dogmatic positions of the religions themselves. The judiciary is the focus of the study as it is the judge who is obliged to administer to legal texts while having to consider social realities being sometimes at variance with religious ethics and legal rules deriving from them. This book fills a gap in the literature examining Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian law and as such will open new possibilities for further studies in the field of comparative law. It will be a valuable resource for those working in the areas of comparative law, law and religion, law and society, and legal anthropology.


'This book provides a comparative study of three important religious communities and their law in the late antique and medieval Iranian world. The merit of Jany's work is that he is able to see the wider picture and provide an understanding as to how Zoroastrians, Jews and Muslims functioned within and among themselves.' Touraj Daryaee, University of California, Irvine, USA 'In this fascinating new book, Janus Jany presents, as his subtitle suggests, a comparative analyis of the Islamic, Jewish and Zoroastrian judiciary systems… With notes, extensive tables and bibliography, and an excellent index, this work represents a worthy acquisition for libraries with foci on Middle Eastern and/or legal studies.' Association of Jewish Libraries

About the Author

Janos Jany is founder and current Head of the Dept. of International Studies Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. He is the author of several books on Islamic and Persian law and has published in both Hungarian and English language journals.

About the Series

Cultural Diversity and Law

Cultural Diversity and Law
Around the world, most states are faced with difficult issues arising out of cultural diversity in their territories. Within the legal field, such issues span across matters of private law through to public and constitutional law. At international level too there is now considerable jurisprudence regarding ethnic, religious and cultural diversity. In addition, there are several layers of legal control - from communal and religious regulation to state and international regulation. This multiplicity of norm setting has been variously termed legal pluralism, inter-legality or inter-normativity and provides a fascinating lens for academic analysis that links up to cultural diversity in new and interesting ways. The umbrella of cultural diversity encompasses various population groups throughout the world ranging from national, ethnic, religious or indigenous groupings. This series particularly welcomes work that is of comparative interest, concerning various state jurisdictions as well as different population groups.

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