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The Unwritten Law in Albania


J. E. Alderson, J. H. Hutton
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  • Date Published: December 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107586932

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  • Originally published posthumously in 1954, this book presents a study of the unwritten law of the Albanian mountain tribes by the renowned Scottish anthropologist, classical scholar and ethnographer Margaret Hasluck (1885–1948). In recording the legal aspects of tribal life, Hasluck also provides detailed information on the everyday existence of the tribes. Four chapters are given to the vendetta system, describing minutely the obligations of vengeance, the manner of conducting a feud, the degrees of expiation and the ways of ending. Other chapters give information about the daily life of the household; the laws governing the division of property; the administrative hierarchy; oaths, verdicts and penalties; theft and murder. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in the writings of Hasluck, anthropology and the Albanian mountain tribes.

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    • Date Published: December 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107586932
    • length: 302 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface J. E. Alderson
    Introduction J. H. Hutton
    1. The geographical framework
    2. The unwritten law in outline
    3. The Albanian house
    4. The Albanian household
    5. The master of the house
    6. The separation of brothers
    7. The law of the dog
    8. Roads
    9. Boundaries
    10. Pasturage
    11. Bajraktars
    12. Elders
    13. The administration of justice
    14. General assemblies
    15. Assemblies and their work
    16. The oath. I. Oath-taker and compurgators
    17. The oath. II. The oath-taking
    18. The oath. III. Verdict and penalties
    19. Witness (Këpucar)
    20. Theft as a crime
    21. Murder within the family
    22. Blood feud. I. Family vengeance and collective vengeance
    23. Blood feud. II. Course of the feud
    24. Blood feud. III. Expiator and expiation
    25. Blood feud. IV. Peace-making
    Appendix. Laws passed at general assemblies, translated from the original Albanian

  • Author

    Margaret Hasluck


    J. H. Hutton


    J. E. Alderson, J. H. Hutton

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