Ottoman Law at the Crossroads of Academic Divisions: Four Key Concepts to Study Ottoman Legal History

Bursalı O. S.

New Research Projects: History and Archaeology in Anatolia, Ankara, Turkey, 20 November 2015

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Unpublished
  • City: Ankara
  • Country: Turkey


In this paper I explore the above-mentioned problem and its reflection upon the study of Ottoman law in each tradition. I assume that being at the crossroads of different disciplines, Ottoman law requires an interdisciplinary approach, and argue that a combination of the concepts of “integrity” in jurisprudence, “madhhab” in fiqh, “legal culture” in sociology, and a de-compartmentalized or holistic understanding of history will make this approach applicable in the field of Ottoman law. My conclusion is that by using these concepts one will not only address those disciplines together, but also help scholars to produce better and more nuanced studies.