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History of Islamic Legal Practice: Some Insights from 19th Century Egypt

Lecture delivered at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto on 5 November 2020.

This lecture tells a story dating from 1858 and preserved in the Egyptian National Archives. The story is of a slave called Sultan and how he was killed by a bey working in a princely estate. The lecture follows the details of the case to illustrate the intricate mechanism by which Egypt was transformed from a family estate to a modern state.

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