Quantitative Approaches to Ottoman Fatwā Collections

7 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2021

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Bogac A. Ergene

University of Vermont

Metin M. Cosgel

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

In their joint essay, Metin Coşgel and Boğaç Ergene make the case for "a pluralistic approach to the study of Islamic legal history," through the lens of law and economics and other types of quantitative analysis. Regression analysis, they suggest, provides especially useful approaches suited to interdisciplinary studies of historical events. To illustrate, the authors describe the findings of their previous scholarship on Ottoman court records, for which they coded data on court petitions and were able to arrive at generalizable conclusions about access to early modern courts. Noting the uptick in digitized primary sources in the field, they predict an increase in Islamic legal scholarship that integrates quantitative analysis.

Keywords: Islamic law, Islamic legal history, Islamic historiography, Islamic history, Islamic studies, Methods, Data science

Suggested Citation

Ergene, Bogac A. and Cosgel, Metin M., Quantitative Approaches to Ottoman Fatwā Collections (2021). Journal of Islamic Law, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3898183

Bogac A. Ergene (Contact Author)

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Metin M. Cosgel

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics ( email )

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