Family and Court: Legal Culture and Modernity in Late Ottoman Palestine

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The popular image of the family and the court of law in Muslim societies is one of traditional, unchanging social frameworks. Iris Agmon suggests an entirely different view, grounded in a detailed study of nineteenth-century Ottoman court records from the flourishing Palestinian port cities of Haifa and Jaffa. She depicts the shari'a Muslim court of law as a dynamic institution, capable of adapting to rapid and profound social changes indeed, of playing an active role in generating these changes. Court and family interact and transform themselves, each other, and the society of which they form part.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSyracuse, N.Y
PublisherSyracuse University Press
Number of pages288
ISBN (Print)9780815630623
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameMiddle East Studies Beyond Dominant Paradigms
PublisherSyracuse University Press


  • Domestic relations (Islamic law) -- Israel
  • Families -- Israel -- History
  • Social change -- Israel -- History -- 19th century


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