MUSIAD USA DINNER TALK SERIES-17
Associate Prof. Sami Erdem
Marmara University
“LEGAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE: MECELLE”

The Ottoman Civil Code, or Mecelle-i Ahkam-ı Adliyye (commonly referred to as the Mecelle), was an Ottoman legal code promulgated between 1869 and 1876. The product of the first-ever legal codification project in Islamic history and based on Islamic law, the Mecelle covered the areas of debt, property, personal status, and juridical law. It was abolished in 1926, three years after the new Turkish republic was founded.
Sami Erdem is an Associate Professor in the Islamic Law department of Marmara University’s Faculty of Theology, Istanbul and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies. During his time at the Center, Erdem will be conducting research for a new project, titled “Perceptions of the Mecelle (Ottoman Civil Code) Through a Study of English Literature.” His academic interests include late Ottoman law, Mecelle, codification of Islamic law in 19th and 20th centuries, caliphate, ijtihad and fatwa in modern times.

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