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Published: 31 January 2020

248 Pages


ISBN: 9780190092924

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Law, Empire, and the Sultan

Ottoman Imperial Authority and Late Hanafi Jurisprudence

Samy A. Ayoub

Oxford Islamic Legal Studies

  • Reconsiders fundamental premises about Ottoman sultanic authority
  • Gives a new perspective on the later development of the Hanafi school of Islamic law in the Ottoman Empire
  • Explains how legal revisions by Muslim jurists of the period were not temporary strategies but rather involved the use of built-in mechanisms to reinterpret Islamic law and keep it relevant to the changing social, political, and economic circumstances of the Ottoman Empire
  • Provides detailed analysis and fresh insights on a wide range of legal issues through careful reading of understudied sources, uncirculated manuscripts, and extensive references to authoritative Hanafi texts

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