This thesis seeks to study the development of the law of endowment of agricultural lands in Mamluk Egypt, by contextualizing historically the fatwas related to these endowments. I argue that, in light of the prevailing economic and social circumstances, legal development during this era occurred as a response to the political, social and economic interests of the religious scholars and of the ruling elite, and as a result of the interaction between the interests of the former and power of the latter.


Arab & Islamic Civilizations Department

Degree Name

MA in Arabic Studies

Graduation Date

Fall 1-13-2019

Submission Date

January 2019

First Advisor

Hanna, Nelly

Committee Member 1

Elbendary, Amina

Committee Member 2

Fernandes, Leonor



Document Type

Master's Thesis


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