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LUCIS Visiting Fellow Lecture

Caliphate, Jurists' Law and State Regulations: Law and Legal Systems throughout Muslim History

Wednesday 24 April 2019
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LUCIS Visiting Fellow: Christian Müller
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
P.N. van Eyckhof 3
2311 BV Leiden

“Law”, understood as the legal system of a society, provides rulings (laws and other rules) that judicial institutions implement, usually backed by political power. Why do we know so little about law in early Islam, during the Umayyad and early Abbaside califate? This lecture examines the jurists’ role in the exercise of law, beginning from early Abbasid cadi-nominations and juridical writings in mid-eighth-century. The evolution of Islamic legal thinking (fiqh) takes a new turn with the emergence of “guild schools of law” in the 10th century. At that time, jurists had replaced the caliphs as interpretators of “Islamic normativity”. They continued to be the garants of the sacred law during changing political systems until the 19th century. Islamic empires developed different approaches of how to integrate the jurists’ law within their legal system. The codification of fiqh-rules within modern state law is still another step token.

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