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The Legal Understanding of SlaveryFrom the Historical to the Contemporary$
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Jean Allain

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.001.0001

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Definitions and Conceptions of Slave Ownership in Islamic Law 1

Definitions and Conceptions of Slave Ownership in Islamic Law 1

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(p.40) 3 Definitions and Conceptions of Slave Ownership in Islamic Law1
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The Legal Understanding of Slavery
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Bernard K. Freamon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660469.003.0004

This chapter surveys the definitions and conceptions of slavery and slave ownership in the Islamic legal system. It takes a look at the similarities of the Islamic jurisprudence's approach to slavery with those of other systems. It begins with a discussion of the arrival of an Islamic approach to slavery, and then moves to an outline of how the new Islamic legal system evolved. It is followed by a discussion of the approach of Islamic law to the concepts of ownership and the ownership of slaves. This chapter also considers the issues surrounding the definition of slavery.

Keywords:   slavery, slave ownership, Islamic legal system, Islamic jurisprudence, ownership

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