Judicial Authority and Qāḍīs' Autonomy under the ʿAbbāsids

  title={Judicial Authority and Qāḍīs' Autonomy under the ʿAbbāsids},
  author={Mathieu Tillier},
  pages={119 - 131}
Abstract As Joseph Schacht argued in the 1950s, the office of qāḍī began in the Umayyad period as that of a “legal secretary” to provincial governors. Documentary evidence from Egypt confirms that governors were indeed regarded as the highest judicial authority in early Islam, and that their legal powers far surpassed that of any other judge. In large cities, governors appointed and dismissed qāḍīs at will; decisions taken by qāḍīs could be swiftly overruled by political authorities. Although… Expand
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