|Title||Law, Society, and Culture in the Maghrib, 1300–1500|
|Year of Publication||2002|
|Series Title||Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization|
|Publisher||Cambridge University Press|
|City||Cambridge and New York|
|ISBN Number||Cloth: 9780521816915; paper: 9780521120593|
David S. Powers, Ph.D. 1979
David Powers analyzes the application of Islamic law through six cases which took place during the period 1300 to 1500 in the Maghrib. The source for these disputes are fatwas issued by the muftis, which Powers uses to situate each case in its historical context and to interpret the principles of law. He demonstrates that, contrary to popular stereotypes, muftis were dedicated to reasoned argument. The book represents a ground-breaking approach to a complex subject area for students and scholars.