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Law has been a primary locus and vehicle of contact across human history—as a system of ideas embodied in people and enacted on bodies; and also as a material, textual, and sensory "thing." This volume analyzes a variety of legal encounters ranging from South Asia to South and Central America, Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The seven essays also explore various material expressions of law that reveal the complexity and intensity of cross-cultural contact in this pivotal era.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. vi
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  1. Editor’s Introduction to “Legal Encounters on the Medieval Globe”
  2. Elizabeth Lambourn
  3. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. The Future of Aztec Law
  2. Jerome A. Offner
  3. pp. 1-32
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  1. Land and Tenure in Early Colonial Peru: Individualizing the Sapci, “That Which is Common to All”
  2. Susan Elizabeth Ramírez
  3. pp. 33-72
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  1. The Edict of King Gälawdéwos against the Illegal Slave Trade in Christians: Ethiopia, 1548
  2. Habtamu Mengistie Tegegne
  3. pp. 73-114
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  1. Mutilation and the Law in Early Medieval Europe and India: A Comparative Study
  2. Patricia Skinner
  3. pp. 115-140
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  1. Common Threads: A Reappraisal of Medieval European Sumptuary Law
  2. Laurel Ann Wilson
  3. pp. 141-166
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  1. Toward a History of Documents in Medieval India: The Encounter of Scholasticism and Regional Law in the Smṛticandrikā
  2. Donald R. Davis, Jr.
  3. pp. 167-198
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  1. Chinese Porcelain and the Material Taxonomies of Medieval Rabbinic Law: Encounters with Disruptive Substances in Twelfth-Century Yemen
  2. Elizabeth Lambourn and Phillip Ackerman-Lieberman
  3. pp. 199-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-252
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