Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Workshop: "Jewish and Islamic Law in Early 20th-Century Egypt" (sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies and others) | Day 1 of 2

Tue, March 24, 2020 | Glickman Conference Center (RLP 1.302B), 305 23rd St E Austin, TX 78712

9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Jewish and Islamic Law in Early 20th-Century Egypt Workshop
March 24–March 25, 2020
Program and additional details forthcoming.

Law played a central role in imperial governance in British colonial Egypt. Until 1955, Jewish, Christian, and Islamic courts were key to the Khedival rule over a diverse population within semi-independent Egypt under Ottoman imperial tutelage. The plural legal regime in 19th – 20th century Egypt included five categories of courts with a reliance on a mix of legal codes. These included the state (Islamic) courts and the non-state courts, including the Roman Catholic, Armenian Catholic, Armenian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Greek Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, and Protestant tribunals. This workshop offers a comparative analysis of the Egyptian government’s ordinances that sought to regulate personal status matters through codified state-sanctioned family law for Jews and Muslims. It will build on recent successful collaborations in this regard to address central questions of authority, legal reasoning, and adjudication. Our objective is to explore the centrality of the institutional apparatus––Jewish and Islamic courts, personnel, texts, and lawyers––in practical implementation of these traditions. Participants will address two key texts: (1) the first code of Jewish Family Law produced in Egypt under the title al-Aḥkām al-Sharʿiyya fī al-Aḥwāl al-Shakhṣiyya lil-Isra'īliyyīn (Legal Rules of Jewish Family Law), published in Arabic in 1912, and (2) the Personal Status Law for Muslims (Qānūn al-Aḥwal al-Shakhṣiyya lil-Muslimīn) enacted in 1920.

Organizer: Dr. Samy Ayoub
Assistant Professor, Department of Middle Eastern Studies
University of Texas School of Law
Distinguished Scholar, Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law
University of Texas at Austin
Fellow: The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (2018-2019)

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Sponsored by: the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of Religious Studies, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, the Institute for Historical Studies, the Law School, the COLA Dean's Office, the South Asian Institute, and the Islamic Studies Initiative

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