Skip to content

All SAP systems will be unavailable on Saturday 10th December 2022 from 0800-1800 UK Time.

If you can’t place an order, please contact Customer Services to complete your order.

UK/ROW +44 (0) 1223 326050 | US 1 800 872 7423 or 1 212 337 5000 | Australia/New Zealand 61 3 86711400 or 1800 005 210, New Zealand 0800 023 520

Register Sign in Wishlist
Look Inside Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300–1500

Law, Society and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300–1500

$42.99 (C)

Part of Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization

  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120593

$ 42.99 (C)

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an examination copy?

This title is not currently available for examination. However, if you are interested in the title for your course we can consider offering an examination copy. To register your interest please contact providing details of the course you are teaching.

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • David Powers analyzes the application of Islamic law through six cases which took place during the period 1300 to 1500 in the Maghrib. The source for these disputes are fatwas issued by the muftis, which Powers uses to situate each case in its historical context and to interpret the principles of law. He demonstrates that, contrary to popular stereotypes, muftis were dedicated to reasoned argument. The book represents a ground-breaking approach to a complex subject area for students and scholars.

    • Demonstrates how Islamic law was applied in practice in the Maghrib in the period 1300–1500
    • Qualifies common misperceptions of the workings of Islamic law, qadis and muftis
    • Appeal to students and scholars of Islamic law and those interested in traditional Islamic societies
    Read more

    Reviews & endorsements

    " exceptionally valuable addition to the scholarly literature on the workings of Islamic law, on the one hand, and on the social history of the Maghrib on the other." American Historical Review

    "Law, Society, and Culture in the Maghrib is an extremely well-crafted account of Islamic justice in Morocco between 1300 and 1500. The quality of historical research in this book and its theoretical contributions to our understanding of legal practice in the post-colonial Islamic West will guarantee its place in the growing literature on Islamic law." Islamic Law and Society

    "It is the individual cases, however, that anchor these conclusions in the context of a particular society at a particular time and place, and make Powers's work a convincing demonstration of his argument. For an understanding of [Maghribi] society and its history, his analysis is a gem." Times Literary Supplement

    "By enabling us to understand the rules of the legal system and the choices litigants and legal practitioners had before them, Powers has succeeded in making his ground breaking study of law and society in the late medieval Maghrib also a highly readable one....Powers's real achievement is in using Rosen's errors as a springboard for an attempt to identify these `extra-legal elements' in the crafting of legal opinions....essential reading for students of pre-modern Islamic law....breaks new ground in our understanding of the relationship between law and society in medieval Islam. " Jerusalem Studies in Arabic and Islam

    "The book is a must for anyone who wants to understand how Islamic law functioned in practice after 287/900. The presented in a clear and systematic manner, not only making it accessible for the non-legal mind but also actually engaging the reader in such a way that one awaits the outcome with interest." Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

    "Law, society and culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 is a valuable new addition to the corpus of studies on Islamic law and its interaction with society and culture, as well as a worthwhile contribution to the social history of Marinid Morocco. Law, society and culture in the Maghrib, 1300-1500 sheds new light on the role of the muftî in the medieval Maghrib and is an important contribution to the growing corpus of works on the interplay between law and society in the Islamic world, works which dispel earlier prejudices about the supposedly dysfunctional aspects of Islamic law." Continuity and Change

    "This work contains a veritable mine of information for the Western reader and for academics...It should be essential reading for advanced students of Islamic studies and comparative religious traditions. Powers is to be heartily congratulated for opening the door to further studies of the social context of the Shari'a in medieval Islam." Journal of Religion

    See more reviews

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120593
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Kadijustiz or Qadi-justice? A paternity dispute from fourteenth-century Morocco
    2. From Almohadism to Malikism: the case of al-Haskuri, the Mocking Jurist, c. 712–16/1312–16
    3. A riparian dispute in the Middle Atlas mountains, c. 683–824/1285–1421
    4. Conflicting conceptions of property in Fez, 741–826/1340–1423
    5. Preserving the Prophet's honor: Sharifism, Sufism and Malikism in Tlemcen, 843/1439
    6. On modes of judicial reasoning: two fatwas on Tawlij, c. 880/1475
    Conclusion: the Mufti.

  • Author

    David S. Powers, Cornell University, New York

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.