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Revolutionary JusticeSpecial Courts and the Formation of Republican Egypt$
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Yoram Meital

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600839

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600839.001.0001

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Extraordinary Tribunals in Modern Egypt

Extraordinary Tribunals in Modern Egypt

A Genealogy

(p.17) 1 Extraordinary Tribunals in Modern Egypt
Revolutionary Justice

Yoram Meital

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the genealogy of special courts in Egypt. It shows that while special tribunals were widely used since their introduction as part of the modern legal reform in the 1880s, their activities have attracted very little attention in research. This is probably due to the widespread view that these courts do not constitute a valuable source for discerning historical reality because these proceedings were “show trials.” No one disputes that the exceptional legal process seriously harmed the accused’s rights. However, that does not distract from the important and unique insights to be gained by a thorough study of the special courts. The study of such tribunals is of great value, especially when the main source is a full transcript of the trial proceedings.

Keywords:   Egypt’s legal history, colonialism and legal reform, show trials, Ahmed Urabi, Lord Cromer

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