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Water And Farm Estates In The Arabic Documents Of The Naṣrid Kingdom Of Granada

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The occurrence of water in the corpus of Arabic Naṣrid documents selected shows the process of the application of Islamic law and its adaptation to the society and economy in which they were produced, namely the Naṣrid kingdom of Granada. Additionally, the cases recorded in the documents on lawsuits over water management, irrigation rights, water linked to land, farming facilities or ownership, and property transmission all reveal a crucial fact: the function of documents as a system for establishing and controlling water rights. Further, water appears as a regulating element for property itself, land use and land value. Water also has a considerable influence on: (1) property transmission with payment (sale, exchange) or without (inheritance, donation); (2) property division; and (3) property leasing.

Keywords: Arabic Naṣrid documents; farm estates; Granada; Islamic law; property division; property leasing; water rights



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