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Islamic Law in Action: Authority, Discretion, and Everyday Experiences in Mamluk Egypt

Kristen Stilt


A dynamic account of the practice of Islamic law, this book focuses on the actions of a particular legal official, the muhtasib, whose vast jurisdiction included all public behavior. In the cities of Cairo and neighboring Fustat during the Mamluk period (1250-1517), the men who held the position of muhtasib acted as regulators of markets and public spaces generally. They traversed their jurisdictions carrying out the duty to command right and forbid wrong, and were as much a part of the legal landscape as the better-known figures of judge and mufti. Taking directions from the rulers, the sulta ... More

Keywords: Islamic law, Sharia, Muhtasib, Cairo, Fustat, Egypt, Mamluk, Sultan, Fiqh, Siyasa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199602438
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602438.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen Stilt, author
Associate Professor of Law and Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University