The Expert Witness in Islamic Courts
Medicine and Crafts in the Service of Law
Shaham begins with a history of expert testimony in medieval Islamic culture, analyzing the different roles played by male experts, especially physicians and architects, and females, particularly midwives. From there, he focuses on the case of Egypt, tracing the country’s reform of its traditional legal system along European lines beginning in the late nineteenth century. Returning to a broader perspective, Shaham draws on a variety of legal and historical sources to place the phenomenon of expert testimony in cultural context. A truly comprehensive resource, The Expert Witness in Islamic Courts will be sought out by a broad spectrum of scholars working in history, religion, gender studies, and law.
“Shaham draws attention to a subject that has been noted by diverse scholars but insufficiently addressed in full, and he brings a wealth of material and issues together in a single place. This is a significant contribution to studies of the role of expert witnesses in legal systems as well as to Islamic scholarship at large.”--Lawrence Rosen, Princeton University