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The Administration of Justice in Medieval Egypt: From the 7th to the 12th Century

Yaacov Lev


This book discusses how justice was administrated and applied in medieval Egypt. The model that evolved during the early middle ages involved four judicial institutions: the cadi, the court of complaints (mazalim), the police (shurta), responsible for criminal justice, and the Islamised market law (hisba), administrated by the market supervisor (the muhtasib). Literary and non-literary sources are used to highlight how these institutions worked in real-time situations such as the famine of 1024-1025, which posed tremendous challenges to both the market supervisor and the ruling establishment. ... More

Keywords: Cadi, Police, Market law, Market inspector, Famine of 1024-1025, Court of complaints, Petitions, Non-Muslim communities, Communal identities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781474459235
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474459235.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Yaacov Lev, author
Bar Ilan University

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