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Law: Access to the Legal System: Caucasus
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Caucasian legal history can be divided into two periods: the seventeenth century to 1917 and 1920 to 1990. Until the 1920s, the legal system of the Caucasus was a fusion of standards of ʿāda , Sharīʿa, and state law established by the Russian Empire during the nineteenth century.

Pre-Soviet period

Some communities were dominated by ʿāda (Northwest and Central Caucasus) with Sharīʿa family norms disseminated throughout, others by Sharīʿa (East and Northeastern Caucasus: Chechnya, Daghes…

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Babich, Irina, “Law: Access to the Legal System: Caucasus”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 September 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0105d>
First published online: 2009

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