Middle Eastern and North African Legal Traditions

Lena Salaymeh*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Legal systems in the modern Middle East and North Africa are both diverse and hybrid. This article provides an introductory overview that summarizes the multilayered legal history of this region and discusses how imperialism and colonialism shaped legal reform movements, codification, and the secularization of law.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Arab
  • Civil law
  • Codification
  • Colonialism
  • Constitutional law
  • Criminal law
  • Family law
  • Imperialism
  • Islamic law
  • Law
  • Legal history
  • Legal reform
  • Modern nation-states
  • Modernity
  • Ottoman empire
  • Postcolonial states
  • Property
  • Rule-of-law
  • Secularization


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