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Law: Articulation of Islamic and non-Islamic Systems: Arab States
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Patricia Crone's Roman, Provincial, and Islamic Law: The Origins of the Islamic Patronate (1987) set the cue for focusing on the synthesizing nature of Islam and the syncretic pragmatic approach taken by Arab conquerors when confronted with ancient sophisticated societies in Persia and Egypt. The new conquerors built on the pre-existing bureaucratic and legal systems.

In regard to women, however, Islamic jurists presented Islam as a vast improvement over the pre-Islamic treatment of women. While Islam did indeed improve some practices detrimental to…

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Jones-Pauly, Christina, “Law: Articulation of Islamic and non-Islamic Systems: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 04 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0106a>
First published online: 2009

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