Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Change and Continuity in the Application of Islamic Private Law in Saudi Arabia (Working Title)

In the last two decades, the Saudi judiciary has seen some of the most profound changes in its history. Court judgements have been published for the first time, the Ministry of Justice has released binding legal “principles” (mabādiʼ), the court organisation was reformed and digital technology introduced. Moreover, the still largely uncodified Islamic law is constantly developing. In many areas of the law, minority opinions in Islamic law have become court practice.

My research addresses these developments in the context of private law and thereby intents to provide insight into the judiciary in 21st century Saudi Arabia. By looking at changes and continuities, I seek to understand the interplay of Islamic legal tradition with the ongoing structural changes of the Saudi legal system, modern technology and economic and social change in Saudi Arabia.