Legal documents from the Judean desert : the impact of the Sharīʻa on Bedouin customary law
the texts in Arabic, English translation and annotation, glossary of Islamic and tribal customary legal terms and maxims by Aharon Layish ; with the assistance of Mūsá Shawāribah and including his Linguistic essay.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 551-556) and indexes.
Offenses against property
Marriage and family
Land and water
Succession and wills.
This volume presents annotated English translations of 74 awards handed down by tribal arbitrators and other legal documents obtained from the Bedouin of the Judean Desert. The documents address such legal issues as blood and sexual offenses, family disputes, inheritance, private transactions in land and water rights, tribal boundaries, contracts and obligations. The documents, some of which date back to the 19th century, provide vital information on the process of Islamization of the tribal customary law in the precinct of the tribal judge. The facsimile reproductions of the manuscripts are included, rendering direct access to the original documents. The study is intended for students of Islamic law, of customary law and of comparative law, and historians interested in the legal, social and economic history of modern Palestine and Jordan. A linguistic essay, by Dr. Musa Shawarbah, based on the Bedouin documents, appears at the end of the study. (source: Nielsen Book Data)