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The Resource Sharīa scripts : a historical anthropology, Brinkley Messick

Sharīa scripts : a historical anthropology, Brinkley Messick

Label
Sharīa scripts : a historical anthropology
Title
Sharīa scripts
Title remainder
a historical anthropology
Statement of responsibility
Brinkley Messick
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the first half of Sharīʻa Scripts, Messick looks at the principal types of theoretical or doctrinal juridical texts, which are collectively referred to as the "library," while those of the second half, including the genres produced by the sharīʻa courts and by notarial writers, are termed the "archive." Messick demonstrates the analytic significance of sustained attention to the textual form of written sources such as the doctrinal works, juridical opinions, court records and legal instruments studied here. He suggests that attention to form should be a precondition for wider research, for properly assessing the import of conventional source content, for the writing of history. Messick looks at historical sharīʻa through a particular instance, that of highland Yemen in the first half of the twentieth century. Yemen, of course, is an integral region of the Arabic-speaking heartlands of Islam, and the Zaydī school of jurisprudence that is the specific focus of the book has been rooted there for a millennium. Elsewhere in the same period, colonial regimes and nationalist reformers had begun to alter the political, societal and epistemic existence of the sharīʻa. They acted to replace its criminal, commercial and real estate provisions with western law, and effectively narrowed its sphere of relevance to matters of personal status and family law. In contrast, under the twentieth-century Zaydī imams the sharīʻa remained uncodified; highland sharīʻa courts maintained their historically broad competence; madrassa-trained judges employed classical sharīʻa rules of procedure and evidence; and archives had yet to upended by western-style standards of file-keeping and printed forms
Cataloging source
DGU/DLC
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Messick, Brinkley Morris
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Justice, Administration of
  • Law reform
  • Islamic law
  • Zaydīyah
  • Legal documents (Islamic law)
  • Legal documents
  • Islamic law
  • Justice, Administration of
  • Law reform
  • Legal documents
  • Legal documents (Islamic law)
  • Zaydīyah
  • Yemen (Republic)
Label
Sharīa scripts : a historical anthropology, Brinkley Messick
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 519 pages
Isbn
9780231178747
Lccn
2017003801
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
System control number
(OCoLC)975269617
Label
Sharīa scripts : a historical anthropology, Brinkley Messick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vii, 519 pages
Isbn
9780231178747
Lccn
2017003801
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO
System control number
(OCoLC)975269617

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