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.
Subjects: History, Law, Religion
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