The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Gulf

The Rule of Law in the Arab World: Courts in Egypt and the Gulf

by Nathan J. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521030684

ISBN-13: 9780521030687

Pub. Date: 01/18/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Nathan Brown's comprehensive and penetrating account of the development and operation of the courts in the Arab world is based on extensive fieldwork in Egypt and the Gulf. The book addresses several important questions. Why, for example, did Egypt's political leaders construct an independent judicial system which so obviously limited their own authority? And why does…  See more details below

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Nathan Brown's comprehensive and penetrating account of the development and operation of the courts in the Arab world is based on extensive fieldwork in Egypt and the Gulf. The book addresses several important questions. Why, for example, did Egypt's political leaders construct an independent judicial system which so obviously limited their own authority? And why does such a seemingly autonomous and dilatory system recommend itself to Arab states outside Egypt as diverse as Libya, Kuwait, Iraq and the Gulf? From the theoretical perspective, the book makes a powerful and original contribution to the debates about liberal legality, external and internal sources of political change during and after imperialism, and the relationship between law and society in the developing world. It will be widely read by scholars of the Middle East, law students, and anyone with an interest in the history of law and its evolution.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521030687
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/18/2007
Series:
Cambridge Middle East Studies Series, #6
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Glossary
1Arab courts in comparative perspective1
2The creation and operation of the modern Egyptian legal system, 1876-193723
3Egyptian courts, 1937-1971: centralization, authoritarianism, and socialism61
4Egyptian courts, 1971-1996: the reemergence of liberal legality93
5Legal reform in the Arab states of the Gulf129
6The legal system and the rule of law in Kuwait and Qatar157
7Popular uses of the courts187
8Business and the courts221
Conclusion236
Bibliography245
Index253

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