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ACMES panel on Sharia, Justice and Legal Order

In celebration of the publication of:
Sharia, Justice and Legal Order
Egyptian and Islamic Law: Selected Essays (Brill, 2020)
by Rudolph Peters

Monday 23 November, 2020 at 5 PM
Organised by Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies – ACMES

ACMES is glad to celebrate the publication of the latest book by professor emeritus at the University of Amsterdam, Ruud Peters. With presentations by Khaled Fahmi, Maaike van Berkel and Gerard Wiegers.


  • Prof. Khaled Fahmi, Law and state-building in nineteenth-century Egypt
  • Prof. Maaike van Berkel, Who owns and controls the water? The muḥtasib and water management in Mamluk Cairo
  • Prof. Gerard Wiegers, Four Chief Judges of Cairo and their views on Translating the Qur’an in the Early sixteenth Century
  • Moderator: Maaike VoorhoeveBy organizing this book launch with speakers working in the field of Islamic law, ACMES wishes to draw attention to the publication of this important work of scholarship.The book:
    In Sharia, Justice and Legal Order: Egyptian and Islamic Law: Selected Essays Rudolph Peters discusses in 35 articles practice of both Sharia and state law. The principal themes are legal order and the actual application of law both in the judiciaries as well in cultural and political debates. Many of the topics deal with penal law. Although the majority of studies are situated in the Ottoman and, especially, Egyptian period, few of them are of another region or a more recent period, such as in Nigeria or, also, Egypt. The book’s historical studies are mainly based on archival judicial records. The book contains a selection of articles that are the fruit of more than forty years of research and contains a foreword by Robert Gleaves.

This is a hybrid event: it takes place at UvA in the presence of Ruud Peters, and live on Zoom. UvA students and staff may attend the event on campus (OMHP D 1.08, max. 30 persons). All other interested persons can attend live via Zoom. In both cases, please register by sending an email to acmes[a]