Le cadi et le sauf-conduit (amān) : les enjeux juridiques de la diplomatie dans l'Orient abbasside

In: Islamic Law and Society


The employment of jurists or qādī-s for diplomatic missions, in the first centuries of Islam, is still little understood. The case of the qādī Ibrāhī;m b. al-Jarrāh, who took a part in the surrender of the Egyptian governor 'Ubayd Allāh b. al-Sarī b. al-Hakam in 211/826, sheds light on the diplomatic use of qādī-s. With their special knowledge of legal books and formulas, qādī-s were increasingly seen by rulers as important experts who could use law to constrain the power of political rivals.

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