Law has been a primary locus and vehicle of contact across human history-as a system of ideas embodied in people and enacted on bodies; and also as a material, textual, and sensory "thing." This volume analyzes a variety of legal encounters ranging from South Asia to South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The seven essays also explore various material expressions of law that reveal the complexity and intensity of cross-cultural contact in this pivotal era.
About the Author
Elizabeth Lambourn is Reader in South Asian and Indian Ocean Studies at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Her research is particularly focused on the identification and study of new material archives and on Indian Ocean materialities. Carol Symes is the Lynn M. Martin Professorial Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on the history of documentary practices and communication media in medieval Europe.
Table of Contents
Editor's Introduction to "Legal Encounters on the Medieval Globe" by Elizabeth Lambourn The Future of Aztec Law by Jerome A. Offner Land and Tenure in Early Colonial Peru: Individualizing the Sapci, "That Which is Common to All" by Susan Elizabeth Ramirez The Edict of King Galawdewos against the Illegal Slave Trade in Christians: Ethiopia, 1548 by Habtamu Mengistie Tegegne Mutilation and the Law in Early Medieval Europe and India: A Comparative Study by Patricia Skinner Common Threads: A Reappraisal of Medieval European Sumptuary Law by Laurel Ann Wilson Toward a History of Documents in Medieval India: The Encounter of Scholasticism and Regional Law in the Smṛticandrikā by Donald R. Davis, Jr. Chinese Porcelain and the Material Taxonomies of Medieval Rabbinic Law: Encounters with Disruptive Substances in Twelfth-Century Yemen by Elizabeth Lambourn and Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman