Equality before the law

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Equality before the law is a tremendous, impenetrable field and few would venture to accompany a guide through its brambles. By limiting myself in this chapter to jurisprudence (fiqh) and avoiding the crucial test of practice, I hope to come through unscathed. What you will find below is therefore equality before the law as premodern Muslim jurists treated it, regardless of whether that was a wishful construction confined to their works or reality. Due to the space allotted to the topic, elements of gender affecting legal capacity are necessarily covered separately (Chapter 10, below).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Ashgate Research Companion to Islamic Law
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781317043065
ISBN (Print)9781409438939
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


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