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Islamic Law and Civil Code: The Law of Property in Egypt
     

Islamic Law and Civil Code: The Law of Property in Egypt

by Richard A. Debs, Frank E. Vogel (Foreword by), Ridwan Al-Sayyid (Foreword by)
 

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Richard A. Debs analyzes the classical Islamic law of property based on the Shari'ah, traces its historic development in Egypt, and describes its integration as a source of law within the modern format of a civil code. He focuses specifically on Egypt, a country in the Islamic world that drew upon its society's own vigorous legal system as it formed its modern laws.

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Richard A. Debs analyzes the classical Islamic law of property based on the Shari'ah, traces its historic development in Egypt, and describes its integration as a source of law within the modern format of a civil code. He focuses specifically on Egypt, a country in the Islamic world that drew upon its society's own vigorous legal system as it formed its modern laws. He also touches on issues that are common to all such societies that have adopted, either by choice or by necessity, Western legal systems.

Egypt's unique synthesis of Western and traditional elements is the outcome of an effort to respond to national goals and requirements. Its traditional law, the Shari'ah, is the fundamental law of all Islamic societies, and Debs's analysis of Egypt's experience demonstrates how Islamic jurisprudence can be sophisticated, coherent, rational, and effective, developed over centuries to serve the needs of societies that flourished under the rule of law.

Editorial Reviews

Symposia - Harun Karcic
This book is a perfect study of the reform of Islamic law in the Muslim world.... It will certainly be a useful guide to graduate students and researchers of Islamic law.

Journal of Islamic Studies - Mohammad Fadel
Extremely well-written and highly-informative.... This is a very welcome addition to the English language Islamic law library. I suspect that those who teach courses on modern Islamic law will quickly place it on their mandatory reading lists.
Symposia - Harun Karčic
This book is a perfect study of the reform of Islamic law in the Muslim world.... It will certainly be a useful guide to graduate students and researchers of Islamic law.
Midwest Book Review
(A) fascinating read, and a core addition to community and college library collections focusing on international law.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231150446
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2010
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

Vartan Gregorian
Islamic Law and Civil Code is an extraordinary book by a remarkable man. It is a welcome event for those studying or working in fields requiring an understanding of Islamic and Middle Eastern law relating to landed property. For those doing business in current-day Egypt, Arab societies, and Muslim countries, and for scholars working on social, economic, and cultural issues rooted in the Islamic sphere, this work is indispensable. Richard A. Debs combines the theoretical with the evolving, practical aspects of a field of law that has been too little studied for its impact on the Egyptian economy and society. He has produced a book of inestimable and lasting value.

Rashid Khalidi
This is more than simply a historical exposition of the law of property in Egypt, a great achievement in itself: it is also a remarkably clear and jargon-free analytical exposition of how Islamic law and civil law have operated together in the Egyptian context and by extension in much of the Muslim world. It is a rare work on Islamic law by a trained lawyer, even rarer in being easily accessible to the non-specialist. The book deserves to be consulted by readers across a broad spectrum, from legal experts to scholars of classical Islam and the modern Middle East.

Samuel Hayes
Richard A. Debs has produced a thoughtful and well-researched history of Egyptian property law. I recommend the book to serious historians and all those interested in understanding the role that Islamic religious principles have played in the evolution of the legal treatment of property in Egypt.

Meet the Author

Richard A. Debs is an advisory director of Morgan Stanley, having been president of Morgan Stanley International and previously a Federal Reserve official. He is chairman emeritus of the American University of Beirut and a trustee of the Institute of International Education, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, the Barenboim-Said Foundation, and Carnegie Hall. He is also cochair of the Advisory Board of Columbia University's Middle East Institute and has been decorated by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Lebanon.

Frank E. Vogel is is the founding director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program at the Harvard Law School where he taught for twenty years. He is the author of Islamic Law and Legal System: Studies of Saudi Arabia and Islamic Law and Finance: Religion, Risk, and Return.

Ridwan Al-Sayyid has been a visiting professor at Harvard University and the University of Chicago and was the director of the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Beirut, as well as the director of the Arab Development Institute.

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