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Islamic Law and Empire in Ottoman Cairo

James E. Baldwin


A study of Islamic law and political power in the Ottoman Empire’s richest provincial city What did Islamic law mean in the early modern period, a world of great Muslim empires? Often portrayed as the quintessential jurists’ law, to a large extent it was developed by scholars outside the purview of the state. However, for the Sultans of the Ottoman Empire, justice was the ultimate duty of the monarch, and Islamic law was a tool of legitimation and governance. James E. Baldwin examines how the interplay of these two conceptions of Islamic law – religious scholarship and royal justice – undergir ... More

Keywords: Egypt, Islamic law, Shariʿa, Ottoman Empire, Cairo, Legal pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474403092
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James E. Baldwin, author
Royal Holloway, University of London