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The Legal Understanding of SlaveryFrom the Historical to the Contemporary$
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Jean Allain

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.001.0001

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Definitions and Conceptions of Slave Ownership in Islamic Law 1

Definitions and Conceptions of Slave Ownership in Islamic Law 1

(p.40) 3 Definitions and Conceptions of Slave Ownership in Islamic Law1
The Legal Understanding of Slavery

Bernard K. Freamon

Oxford University Press

This chapter surveys the definitions and conceptions of slavery and slave ownership in the Islamic legal system. It takes a look at the similarities of the Islamic jurisprudence's approach to slavery with those of other systems. It begins with a discussion of the arrival of an Islamic approach to slavery, and then moves to an outline of how the new Islamic legal system evolved. It is followed by a discussion of the approach of Islamic law to the concepts of ownership and the ownership of slaves. This chapter also considers the issues surrounding the definition of slavery.

Keywords:   slavery, slave ownership, Islamic legal system, Islamic jurisprudence, ownership

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