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The Administration of Justice in Medieval EgyptFrom the 7th to the 12th Century$
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Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474459235

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474459235.001.0001

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The Ruler’s Justice: The Maẓālim Institution

The Ruler’s Justice: The Maẓālim Institution

(p.202) 6 The Ruler’s Justice: The Maẓālim Institution
The Administration of Justice in Medieval Egypt

Yaacov Lev

Edinburgh University Press

The mazalim institution was a complex institution which combined both judicial and administrative functions. The chapter examines how subjects approached the state and what they could realistically expect from the state. The chapter argues that in order to be successful, the petitioner had to create ‘common ground’ with the state. How ‘common ground’ was created and what it consisted of are extensively discussed.

Keywords:   Mazalim, Petitions, Geoffrey Khan, Samuel M. Stern, Marina Rustow

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