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vii, 519 pages : illustrations, 1 map ; 24 cm
  • Introduction
  • Books
  • Pre-text : five sciences
  • Commentaries : "write it down"
  • Opinions
  • "Practice with writing"
  • Intermission
  • Judgments
  • Minutes
  • Moral stipulations
  • Contracts
  • Postscript.
A case study in the textual architecture of the venerable legal and ethical tradition at the center of the Islamic experience, Shari'a Scripts is a work of historical anthropology focused on Yemen in the early twentieth century. While colonial regimes, late Ottoman reformers, and early nationalists wrought decisive changes to the legal status of the shari'a, significantly narrowing its sphere of relevance, the Zaydi school of jurisprudence, rooted in highland Yemen for a millennium, still held sway. Brinkley Messick uses the richly varied writings of the Yemeni past to offer a uniquely comprehensive view of the shari'a as a localized and lived phenomenon. Shari'a Scripts reads a wide spectrum of sources in search of a new historical-anthropological perspective on Islamic textual relations. Messick analyzes the shari'a as a local system of texts, distinguishing between theoretical or doctrinal juridical texts (or the "library") and those produced by the shari'a courts and notarial writers (termed the "archive"). Attending to textual form, he closely examines representative books of madrasa instruction; formal opinion-giving by muftis and imams; the structure of court judgments; and the drafting of contracts. Messick's intensive readings of texts are supplemented by retrospective ethnography and oral history based on extensive field research. Shari'a Scripts also ventures a major methodological contribution by confronting anthropology's longstanding reliance upon the observational and the colloquial, seeking to develop tools for the anthropologist as reader.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780231178747 20180409
Law Library (Crown)
266 pages ; 24 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
404 pages ; 24 cm
Administrative law; Yemen (Republic).
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
82 pages ; 27 cm
  • And recommendations
  • Methodology
  • I. Background
  • II. The journey
  • III. Torture camps
  • IV. After the camps
  • V. Role of the Yemeni government
  • VI. Role of the Saudi government
  • VI. Yemen's international legal obligations
  • Acknowledgements
  • Annex I. List of cases forwarded by Haradh police to the Haradh prosecution.
And recommendations -- Methodology -- I. Background -- II. The journey -- III. Torture camps -- IV. After the camps -- V. Role of the Yemeni government -- VI. Role of the Saudi government -- VI. Yemen's international legal obligations -- Acknowledgements -- Annex I. List of cases forwarded by Haradh police to the Haradh prosecution.
Green Library
45 p. ; 27 cm
  • Summary
  • Recommendations
  • To the President of Yemen
  • To the Constitutional Drafting Committee
  • To the Parliament
  • To the Minister of Information
  • To the Office of the Attorney General
  • To the European Union and the United Kingdom
  • To the United States, the European Union and member states, and other donor countries
  • Methodology
  • I. Background
  • II. Legal and regulatory framework
  • Criminal law and the media
  • Licensing of the media and censorship
  • III. Arrests, prosecutions, and muzzling of journalists: 2001-2011
  • The Sa'da conflict
  • Secessionist movement in the South
  • The 2011 uprising
  • IV. Attacks on journalists since February 2012
  • Unlawful killing
  • Assaults and other abuses
  • Threats and harassment
  • Criminal defamation
  • Acknowledgements.
"Yemenis have enjoyed greater freedom of expression since President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi took office in February 2012. His government has eased censorship and allowed more public debate. Yet, this newfound freedom has been tempered by a rising incidence of attacks on journalists, bloggers, and others seeking to exercise their right to free speech. In the past, journalists were targeted by state authorities, but now they face attack from other quarters, including non-state groups and powerful politicians. The attacks range from threats and harassment to physical assault and, in one case, murder. In "A Life-Threatening Career," Human Rights Watch details 20 attacks on journalists throughout Yemen that occurred between February 2012 and May 2013. Instead of responding to attacks on journalists with strong words and serious investigations, Hadi's government has largely failed even to condemn them. And some journalists have been prosecuted for criminal defamation before special courts. Human Rights Watch calls on the Yemeni government to condemn all attacks on the media, carry out prompt, thorough, and impartial investigations of such attacks, and bring those responsible to justice. Without such measures, the gains in free speech seen since Hadi took office will be cut short, as journalists are driven to self-censorship out of fear of further and more serious attacks."--Page 4 of cover.
Green Library
54 p. : col. map ; 27 cm.
Green Library
xviii, 390 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
  • Introduction
  • Environment and economy
  • Social and political inequality
  • The tribes of Raz̄iḥ
  • Tribal leadership
  • Wider structures and relations
  • Principles, rules, and sanctions
  • Enforcing the law
  • Conflict and violence
  • The Qāsimī period
  • The òHamīd al-Dīn period
  • The Republican period
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix 1 : chronology of events affecting Rāziḥ
  • Appendix 2 : Catalogue of Rāziḥī documents.
Green Library
xvi, 278 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
This volume discusses sharecropping in the Yemen against the background of Islamic law and customary law. Sharecropping is particularly interesting in Islam since its basis (rent as a proportion of an unknown future harvest) is ostensibly inconsistent with the Islamic prohibition against transactions involving gharar (risk or uncertainty). The first half of the book analyzes how Islamic theory views sharecropping and is based on a detailed analysis of key legal texts, while the second half focuses on sharecropping as it exists in practice in the Yemen. Textual sources (Islamic legal texts, contracts, pleas and fatwas are related throughout to Yemeni sharecropping in practice, and the work has been written so as to be accessible to both social scientists and to Islamic legal specialists.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9789004114906 20160605
283 p. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
v. <1 > ; 25 cm.
SAL1&2 (on-campus shelving)
v, 159 p., [2] leaves of plates : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
iv, 49 p. ; 28 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
24 p. 24 1/2 cm.
Law Library (Crown)