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Jews and Islamic Law in Early 20th-Century Yemen
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-15
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  1. 1 The Islamic Judicial System and the Jews
  2. pp. 16-37
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  1. 2 Changing God's Law
  2. pp. 38-62
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  1. 3 Muslim Jews and Jewish Muslims
  2. pp. 63-95
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  1. 4 Concord and Conflict in Economic Life
  2. pp. 96-123
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  1. 5 Intercommunal Violence and the Sharī‘a
  2. pp. 124-150
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 151-156
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 157-188
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 189-200
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 201-209
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