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Introduction to Middle Eastern Law - Chibli Mallat

Introduction to Middle Eastern Law

Hardcover Published: 12th July 2007
ISBN: 9780199230495
Number Of Pages: 496

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This book provides an introduction to the laws of the Middle East, defining the contours of a field of study that deserves to be called 'Middle Eastern law'. It introduces Middle Eastern law as a reflection of legal styles, many of which are shared by Islamic law and the laws of Christian and Jewish Near Eastern communities. It offers a detailed survey of the foundations of Middle Eastern law, using court archives and an array of legal sources from the earliest records of Hammurabi to the massive compendia of law in the Islamic classical age through to the latest decisions of Middle Eastern high courts. It focuses on the way legislators and courts conceive of law and apply it in the Middle East. It builds on the author's extensive legal practice, with the aim of introducing the Middle Eastern law's main sources and concepts in a manner accessible to non-specialist legal scholars and practitioners alike.

The book begins with an exploration of the depth and variety of Middle Eastern law, introducing the concepts of shari'a, fiqh, and qanun, (which all mean 'law'), and dwelling on Islamic law as the 'common law' of the Middle East. It provides a historical introduction to the contemporary Middle East, exploring political systems, constitutional law, judicial review, the laws of tort and obligations, commercial law (including Islamic banking, company law, capital markets, and commercial arbitration); and examines legislative reform in family law and the position of women in the legal system. The author considers the interaction between Islamic and Western laws and includes a bibliography designed for further research into the jurisdictions and themes explored throughout the book.

Preface 1: From Islamic to Middle Eastern Law:a Restatement of the Field I History 2: The Formation of Middle Eastern law II Public Law 3: Introduction to the Contemporary Middle East 4: Constitutional Law: the Specificity of Middle Eastern Constitutionalism 5: Constitutional Review: the Spread of Constitutional Councils and Courts 6: Judicial Review III Private Law 7: Introduction to the Age of Codification 8: Civil law: on Style and Substance 9: Commercial Law: Modernity and its Hiccups 10: Family Law: the Search for Gender Equality 11: Epilogue: Justice and Lawyering in the Middle East Bibliography Tables of Cases, legislation, Verses and Hadiths

ISBN: 9780199230495
ISBN-10: 0199230498
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 12th July 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.87