Islamic Law and Empire in Ottoman Cairo

Baldwin, James E.
Date published: 
February 2018

New in paperback. James E. Baldwin examines how the interplay of these two conceptions of Islamic law – religious scholarship and royal justice – undergirded legal practice in Cairo, the largest and richest city in the Ottoman provinces. Through detailed studies of the various formal and informal dispute resolution institutions and practices that formed the fabric of law in Ottoman Cairo, his book addresses key questions concerning the relationship between the sharīʿa and political power, the plurality of Islamic legal practice, and the nature of centre–periphery relations in the Ottoman Empire.