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Law and Long-Term Economic ChangeA Eurasian Perspective$
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Debin Ma and Jan Luiten van Zanden

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804772730

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804772730.001.0001

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The Political Economy of Law and Economic Development in Islamic History

The Political Economy of Law and Economic Development in Islamic History

(p.158) Chapter Eight The Political Economy of Law and Economic Development in Islamic History
Law and Long-Term Economic Change
Metin M. CoTgel
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the role played by the legal-religious community and its interaction with state and society in the Islamic world. From the early development of these societies onward, a specialized, cohesive group of interpreters of Islamic law and religion emerged, which held a key position in these societies because of their power of interpretation and adjudication of law. However, the Ottomans added distinct elements to their relation with the legal community by raising its status in the populace while at the same time bringing it under their control by claiming the right to appoint chief judges and chief juries consult to manage the entire legal hierarchy. The convergence and divergence of interests among these agents led to the adoption or nonadoption of certain innovations.

Keywords:   Islamic society, Islamic law, Ottoman Empire, legal community

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