Islamic Law Materialized : Corpus of Arabic Legal Documents

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|September 25, 2014|History, Law, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica|0 comments

Discover this new browsable and searchable database of medieval Arabic legal documents at

CALD  (Corpus of Arabic Legal Documents) is the outcome of the ERC-Project “Islamic Law Materialized” led by the Arabic section of the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (IRHT – CNRS) in Paris.

It presents primary sources for Islamic law and legal practice in pre-modern Muslim societies. This online presentation is the first ever collection of scattered editions of legal documents from the 2nd/8th to the 9th/15th century (Hijri/Gregorian).

Images of the documents are presented with the Arabic text in modern spelling and with full bibliographical datas.

(Free) registration is required to fully access all the database functionalities.

More information is available at


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