The phenomenon of Christian recourse to non-ecclesiastical judicial systems during the first few centuries following the Muslim conquest is at the core of this paper.This phenomenon not only alludes to a reality of legal diversity but also to the social heterogeneity that has characterized Near Eastern societies long before the Arab takeover. Through the adoption of the legal-anthropological paradigm of legal pluralism and the examination of West Syrian legal sources, the paper seeks to identify the social agenda of West Syrian ecclesiastical leaders. Much of the discussion revolves around the term 'outsiders', barrāyē, and attempts to delineate the term's various meanings within the legal discourse.
|Title of host publication||Religious Origins of Nations?|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Christian Communities of the Middle East|
|Number of pages||26|
|State||Published - 30 Nov 2009|
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- Canon law
- Episcopal courts
- Legal pluralism
- West syrians
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- Arts and Humanities (all)