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Problems in Near Eastern Jewish History: Jewish and Islamic Law

NES 545/MED 545/REL 548/JDS 545

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An introduction to medieval Near Eastern legal cultures that focuses on the intertwined development of Jewish and Islamic law from late antiquity until the twelfth century. We consider both legal writings such as codes and responsa and evidence for practices in state and communal courts. Geared both to students interested in legal history and to students interested in using legal texts and documents for general historical research.
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Section S01