Legal Pluralism in the Holy City: Competing Courts, Forum Shopping, and Institutional Dynamics in Jerusalem, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Legal Pluralism in the Holy City

Competing Courts, Forum Shopping, and Institutional Dynamics in Jerusalem, 1st Edition

By Ido Shahar

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240 pages

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This book provides an unprecedented portrayal of a lively shari'a court in contemporary West Jerusalem, which belongs to the Israeli legal system but serves Palestinian residents of the eastern part of the city. It draws a rich picture of an intriguing institution, operating in an environment marked by legal pluralism and by exceptional political and cultural tensions. The book suggests an organizational-institutional approach to legal pluralism, which examines not only the relations between bodies of law but also the relations between courts of law serving the same population. Based on participant observations in the studied court as well as on textual and legal analyses of court cases and rulings, the study combines history and ethnography, diachronic and synchronic perspectives, and examines broad, macro-political processes as well as micro-level interactions. The book offers fresh perspectives on the phenomenon of legal pluralism, on shari'a law in practice and on Palestinian-Israeli relations in the divided city of Jerusalem. The work is a valuable resource for academics and researchers working in the areas of Legal Pluralism, Islamic Law, and socio-legal history of the Middle East.

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"Drawing on participant observation and textual and legal analyses, Shahar describes and analyzes a lively shari’a court in contemporary West Jerusalem, which belongs to the Israeli legal system but serves Palestinian residents of the eastern part of the city. A major focus is the intertwined jurisdictional, organizational, and humanitarian issues facing the court, including the intersection of the court with non-Israeli Palestinian and Jordanian shari’a courts in East Jerusalem."

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About the Author

Ido Shahar is Assistant Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa. He is a legal anthropologist and a social historian, specializing in the study of shari'a courts and of Palestinian society. He has published extensively on legal pluralism, on shari'a courts in Israel, and on Palestinians in Israel.

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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW075000
LAW / Public
REL037020
RELIGION / Islam / Law