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The Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-SuyutiAuthority and Legacy$
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Rebecca Hernandez

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198805939

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198805939.001.0001

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Authority by Persuasion

Authority by Persuasion

Power Relations in al-Suyūṭī’s Legal Opinion on Scholarly Stipends1

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(p.25) 1 Authority by Persuasion
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The Legal Thought of Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti
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Rebecca Skreslet Hernandez

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805939.003.0002

This chapter gives the reader a snapshot of the socio-political context of late Mamluk Egyptian society in which al-Suyūṭī competed for authority. In an age of economic, political, and intellectual deterioration, al-Suyūṭī insists in a controversial legal opinion that the “true” scholar appointed to a position in an endowed institution is entitled to funding by virtue of his learning regardless of whether or not he fulfills the duties stipulated in the endowment deed. The dispute over how endowment funds should be distributed culminated in a crisis in which al-Suyūṭī was dismissed from his position and even feared for his life. Nevertheless, al-Suyūṭī manages to keep the moral high ground in the wake of this incident and to overcome the damage to his reputation.

Keywords:   waqf, power relations, Baybarsiyya, Sufis, scholars, institutions, Mamluks

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