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Title:The office of Qādī al-Qudāt in Cairo under the Bahrī Mamlūks
Author:Escovitz, Joseph H.ISNI
Series:Islamkundliche Untersuchungen
City of publisher:Berlin
Geographic term:Egypt
Subjects:Mameluke polity
Islamic law
Abstract:The purpose of this study is to examine the office of qādī al-qudāt (chief judge) in Cairo, Egypt, and the men who held it from the establishment of the four chief judgeships in 663 until the end of the Bahrī period in 784. The four chief judges of Cairo were the principal interpreters of the Islamic law in the capital of what was probably the most powerful and influential Islamic State of the time. A discussion of their careers is important not only in order to study their activities within the framework of Mamlūk society and politics, but also to assess their role and functions as officers of the Islamic State. This study is based on the Arabic chronicles and biographical literature dealing with the Bahrī Mamlūk period, supplemented by the relevant secretarial literature.