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Title:al- Sanhuri and Islamic law: the place and significance of Islamic law in the life and work of 'Abd al-Razzaq Ahmad al-Sanhuri, Egyptian jurist and scholar 1895-1971
Author:Hill, EnidISNI
Series:Cairo papers in social science
Publisher:The American University in Cairo Press
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:Islamic law
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About person:Abd al-Razz¯aq b. Ahmad al- Sanh¯ur¯i (1895-1971)ISNI
Abstract:Abd al-Razzaq al-Sanhuri's name is inextricably linked with the revised Egyptian Civil Code of 1948. However, the revision of the Civil Code was by no means his only contribution to Egypt's present legal culture. He produced substantial theoretical work on obligations and contracts, promoted the development of comparative legal studies, and contributed to the development of Egypt's legal system as president of the 'Majlis al-dawla', the administrative court that advises the government in legislative matters. This study explores al-Sanhuri's life (1895-1971), writings and multiple careers as scholar, jurist, educator, law-giver, and politician. It is organized chronologically in terms of the major phases of his life. Initially, however, come two chapters to set al-Sanhuri's life and work in context: theory and practice in law and politics, related to al-Sanhuri's dual attachment to the Islamic heritage and to modernity; and al-Sanhuri's position in Egypt's legal history.