The Socio-Economic Role of Religious Officials in Nablus in the 13th Century AH / 19th Century AD. The Registers of the Islamic Law Court as a Source

Muhammad Majid Al-Hizmawi

Abstract


This article examines some aspects of social life in the town of Nablus during the 13th century AH / 19th century AD, and in particular the religious officials. There were four types of clerical offices: muftis; law court employees with the Islamic Law Court judge at the head and other court officials, especially clerks; administrators of the Islamic waqf endowments; and mosque employees. The study is mostly based on the registers of the Islamic law court of Nablus – rich archival material that includes valuable information not available in other historical sources.

Keywords


Nablus, 19th century Palestine, Islamic law court registers, Islamic religious officials.

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