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The Expert Witness in Islamic Courts: Medicine and Crafts in the Service of Law

Ron Shaham


Islam's tense relationship with modernity is one of the most crucial issues of our time. Within Islamic legal systems, with their traditional preference for eyewitness testimony, this struggle has played a significant role in attitudes toward expert witnesses. Utilizing a uniquely comparative approach, this book examines the evolution of the role of such witnesses in a number of Arab countries from the premodern period to the present. It begins with a history of expert testimony in medieval Islamic culture, analyzing the different roles played by male experts, especially physicians and archite ... More

Keywords: modernity, Islamic law, expert testimony, physicians, architects, midwives, Egypt, Islamic legal system, expert witnesses, Islam

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226749334
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226749358.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ron Shaham, author