A Petition to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt, 1155 AH (1742-3)

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A petition sent to the Ottoman Sultan from Egypt in 1155 AH (1742-3), concerning a dispute between a Muslim and a Christian in the town of Zifta. The Muslim petitioner attempts to enforce the regulation of the Pact of 'Umar that forbids non-Muslims from having houses taller than those of Muslims. My commentary on the petition focuses on how the petitioning process relates to the shari'a court system in the Ottoman Empire.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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