Jews And Islamic Law In Early 20th-century Yemen

Paperback | November 11, 2014

byMark S. Wagner

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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.

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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 wri...

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.

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Format: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

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"[A]rticulate[s] brilliantly the complexity of Jewish-Muslim interaction through a series of fascinating and hitherto unexplored court cases and scholars. Wagner convincingly illustrates that these two religious communities were far from being mutually exclusive, but rather were enmeshed in each other's lives in the most remarkable and unexpected ways, and in a real sense mutually constitutive." -Bernard Haykel, Princeton University