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Law and Religion in the Eastern MediterraneanFrom Antiquity to Early Islam$
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Anselm C. Hagedorn and Reinhard G. Kratz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550234

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550234.001.0001

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Law and Religion in the Eastern Mediterranean

Anselm C. Hagedorn

Reinhard G. Kratz

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to explore the rich legal tradition of the Eastern Mediterranean. It assesses the tension between law and religion as two cultural (sub)systems within society that compete for absolute power. It addresses the question of how these two systems exist next to each other in either harmony or conflict, and what strategies are employed in ancient societies to fuse both concepts in a meaningful unity that would govern society. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Eastern Mediterranean, law, religion

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