Ottoman Nizamiye Courts: Law and Modernity

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

byAvi Rubin

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A fresh look at one of the most important landmarks in the passage of the Ottoman Middle East to modernity during the late nineteenth century, this book explores the Nizamiye court system. The author offers an innovative conceptualization to serve as an alternative to common--yet poorly grounded--wisdoms about legal change in the modern Middle East. Employing a socio-legal approach, this study is focused on “law in action,” as experienced in and outside the Nizamiye courts of law.

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A fresh look at one of the most important landmarks in the passage of the Ottoman Middle East to modernity during the late nineteenth century, this book explores the Nizamiye court system. The author offers an innovative conceptualization to serve as an alternative to common--yet poorly grounded--wisdoms about legal change in the moder...

Avi Rubin is a faculty member in the Department of Middle East Studies at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. He is the author of articles and is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and to Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230110436

ISBN - 13:9780230110434

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Table of Contents

The Nizamiye Court System: An Overview * The Ottoman Judicial Mall: A Legally Pluralistic Perspective * The Age of Procedure * The Age of Accountability: Judges on Trial * The Age of Centralization: The Public Prosecution

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“This book will stand for many years as the first place to go for information on the Nizamiye. At the same time, its discussion of the religious/secular duality issue will have an effect on historical and political science scholarship. No historian looking for the realities of nineteenth century Ottoman modernization will easily posit a secular/religious duality after reading this book.”-- Jon Mandaville, Emeritus Professor of History, Portland State University