Jews And Islamic Law In Early 20th-century Yemen by Mark S. WagnerJews And Islamic Law In Early 20th-century Yemen by Mark S. Wagner

Jews And Islamic Law In Early 20th-century Yemen

byMark S. Wagner

Paperback | November 11, 2014

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In early 20th-century Yemen, a sizable Jewish population was subject to sumptuary laws and social restrictions. Jews regularly came into contact with Islamic courts and Muslim jurists, by choice and by necessity, became embroiled in the most intimate details of their Jewish neighbors' lives. Mark S. Wagner draws on autobiographical writings to study the careers of three Jewish intermediaries who used their knowledge of Islamic law to manipulate the shari'a for their own benefit and for the good of their community. The result is a fresh perspective on the place of religious minorities in Muslim societies.

Mark S. Wagner is Associate Professor of Arabic at Louisiana State University and author of Like Joseph in Beauty: Yemeni Vernacular Poetry and Arab-Jewish Symbiosis.
Title:Jews And Islamic Law In Early 20th-century YemenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:November 11, 2014Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253014875

ISBN - 13:9780253014870

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Table of Contents

Note on Transliteration
1. The Islamic Judicial System and the Jews
2. Changing God's Law
3. Muslim Jews and Jewish Muslims
4. Concord and Conflict in Economic Life
5. Intercommunal Violence and the Sharia

Editorial Reviews

Jews and Islamic Law in Early 20th-century Yemen provides us with rich material, heretofore unavailable in English, and Wagner uses this material to deepen our understanding of Muslim-Jewish relations in Yemen and the place of non-Muslims in Islamic law.22 2015