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Price Setting and Hoarding in Mamluk Egypt


Kristen Stilt


Northwestern University - School of Law

May 12, 2010

THE LAW APPLIED: CONTEXTUALIZING THE ISLAMIC SHARIA, Peri Bearman, Wolfhart Heinrichs, Bernard Weiss, eds., I.B. Taurus, London, 2008
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-19

Abstract:     
This Article studies the legal position of the muhtasib in medieval Cairo, using the biographical information available about the individuals who held the position to understand the actions they took in office. The muhtasib, who was an inspector of public places and markets in particular, was a key legal actor in terms of applying law immediately to a situation he encountered; he was a common face of the law in society. This Article, influenced in method by legal realism, shows that in addition to the law that a particular muhtasib intended to apply to a particular case, biographical information is crucial in explaining how and why each muhtasib responded to particular events.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 26

Keywords: Islamic law, muhtasib, Mamluk Egypt

JEL Classification: K39, K29

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Date posted: May 13, 2010 ; Last revised: May 26, 2010

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Stilt, Kristen, Price Setting and Hoarding in Mamluk Egypt (May 12, 2010). THE LAW APPLIED: CONTEXTUALIZING THE ISLAMIC SHARIA, Peri Bearman, Wolfhart Heinrichs, Bernard Weiss, eds., I.B. Taurus, London, 2008; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 10-19. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1605298

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Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
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Chicago, IL 60611
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