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Title: Defining Islam for the Egyptian State: Muftis and Fatwas of the Dar al-Ifta
Author: Skovgaard-Petersen, Jakob
Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 1997
Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004109476
Volumes: 1; Pages: vii, 420
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This book traces the history of the Dar al-Ifta, the Egyptian State Mufti's administration, from its inception in the 1890s to the present. Often uncomfortably positioned between a state bureaucracy and an emerging Muslim public concerned with the transmission of Islamic values, the various State Muftis have been striving to reinterpret Islamic law and demonstrate its relevance in the modern age.The history of the Dar al-Ifta thus provides a rare insight into major themes of 20th-century Islamic thinking. Four case studies demonstrate how fatwas can be used as sources for legal, social, intellectual and mentality history.Defining Islam for the Egyptian State will be of great interest to students of Islamic law and social and intellectual history of the modern Middle East.