Weekend Scholarship Roundup

In "The Mecelle, Sharia, and the Ottoman State: Fashioning and Refashioning of Islamic Law in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries," Law and Legality in the Ottoman Empire and Republic of Turkey, Samy Ayoub explores how the creation of the Mecelle, the first Islamic Civil Law code, in 1876 was justified by its drafters. The author contextualizes her research … Continue reading Weekend Scholarship Roundup

Shukr b. ʿĀmir v. Shaʿbān b. Nāfiʿ: A Dispute Resolved by Mediation in Late 17th-C. Cairo

By James E. Baldwin In this court record from Cairo, dated August 3, 1667, two connected disputes are resolved by ṣulḥ (mediation). Shukr ibn ʿĀmir accuses Shaʿbān ibn Nāfiʿ of theft, while Shaʿbān accuses Shukr of assault. Shukr fails to provide evidence to substantiate his claim, while Shaʿbān provides two witnesses for his claim. If … Continue reading Shukr b. ʿĀmir v. Shaʿbān b. Nāfiʿ: A Dispute Resolved by Mediation in Late 17th-C. Cairo

Historical Primary Sources: A Petition to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt, 1155 AH (1742-3)

In this post, Dr. James Baldwin examines a petition sent to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt in 1155 AH (1742-3), concerning a dispute between a Muslim and a Christian in the town of Zifta. The Muslim petitioner attempts to enforce the regulation of the Pact of 'Umar that forbids non-Muslims from having houses taller than … Continue reading Historical Primary Sources: A Petition to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt, 1155 AH (1742-3)