Price Setting and Hoarding in Mamluk Egypt

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

26 Pages Posted: 13 May 2010 Last revised: 26 May 2010

Kristen Stilt

Harvard University, Law School, Students ; Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law

Date Written: May 12, 2010

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.

Keywords: Islamic law, muhtasib, Mamluk Egypt

JEL Classification: K39, K29

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1605298

Kristen Stilt (Contact Author)

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Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

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