Publisher description for Sharia and the making of the modern Egyptian : Islamic law and custom in the courts of Ottoman Cairo / Reem A. Meshal.

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In this book, the author examines sijills, the official documents of the Ottoman Islamic courts, to understand how sharia law, society and the early-modern economy of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Ottoman Cairo related to the practice of custom in determining rulings. In the sixteenth century, a new legal and cultural orthodoxy fostered the development of an early-modern Islam that broke new ground, giving rise to a new concept of the citizen and his role. Contrary to the prevailing scholarly view, this work adopts the position that local custom began to diminish and decline as a source of authority.
These issues resonate today, several centuries later, in the continuing discussions of individual rights in relation to Islamic law.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Law -- Egypt -- Islamic influences -- History.
Islamic law -- Social aspects -- Egypt -- History.
Customary law -- Egypt -- Cairo -- History.
Islamic courts -- Egypt -- Cairo -- History.
Egypt -- History -- 1517-1882.