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Notaries And Their Formulas: The Legacies From The University Library Of Granada

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The larger and most accessible collection is the one preserved in the Fondo Antiguo of the University Library of Granada. This collection preserves 160 Arabic documents among which there are an important number of transfers of real estate property, both in the rural and urban context. In fact, the majority of the legal issues are sale contracts, partitions of inheritance and legacies. This chapter aims to provide an edition and translation of three of these unpublished legacies. It studies the formulas used by the notary, both comparing them with notarial manuals, which suggest the wording to be used in such documents, and with other unpublished legacies of the collection. This kind of study helps in understanding of the work of the notaries in fifteenth century Granada as well as the application of Islamic law in the transmission of private property.

Keywords: Arabic documents; Fondo Antiguo; Granada; Islamic law; legal issues; notaries; real estate property; University Library; unpublished legacies



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