Islamic Law and Qajar Society

Contributed By: Jill
Organizing Institution: Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies
Start Date: December 7, 2017
End Date: December 7, 2017
Hagop Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies

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New York, New York 10012 United States
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Time: 5 PM – 7 PM

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The studies on Qajar Iran did not pay much attention to Islamic law. The Western-inspired Qajar intellectuals sought to establish modern secular law (qanun), but rarely discussed shari‘a. However, the Iranian civil law of 1928–36, which included many elements from Islamic law, indicates that the law provided a basic infrastructure for society. Based on the shari‘a court records and documents from Qajar Iran, Kondo will argue the practical aspects of shari’a in Qajar society. He will also explain how the Qajar Shari’a courts were different from their Ottoman counterparts, which have been well-studied and well-documented.

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