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Law, Empire, and the Sultan: Ottoman Imperial Authority and Late Hanafi Jurisprudence

Samy A. Ayoub


This book is the first study of late Ḥanafism in the early modern Ottoman Empire. It examines Ottoman imperial authority in authoritative Ḥanafī legal works from the Ottoman world of the sixteenth to nineteenth centuries CE, casting new light on the understudied late Ḥanafī jurists (al-mutaʾakhkhirūn). By taking the madhhab and its juristic discourse as the central focus and introducing “late Ḥanafism” as a framework of analysis, this study demonstrates that late Ḥanafī jurists assigned probative value and authority to the orders and edicts of the Ottoman sultan. This authority is reflected in ... More

Keywords: late Ḥanafism, Ottoman Empire, sultan, lawmaking, sultanic orders, imperial edicts, Mecelle, Ibn ʿĀbidīn, Abū Ḥanīfa, Siyāsa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190092924
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190092924.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samy A. Ayoub, author
Assistant Professor of Law and Middle Eastern Studies, The University of Texas at Austin