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Law as remedy

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According to 'Abd Al-Razzāq Sanhūrī's perspective, Islamic law provided a potential and authentic eastern response to western culture and European law, since it was in no sense inferior to the law that formed the west, whether Roman law or English common law. He addressed Islamic law from the standpoint of Islamic culture and civilization, rather than that of the Islamic religion, although he was personally a devout believer. From the initiative to revise the existing civil code, through the long years of drafting, consultations to defend the proposed code in the houses of parliament and its ultimate passage as law, the New code of Egypt was largely the product of the mind and hand of the Egyptian jurist Sanhūrī. This code is widely considered as masterpiece of legal phrasing, and it forms the basis of civil law in Egypt and most of the Arab world.

Keywords: 'Abd Al-Razzāq Sanhūrī; Arab world; civil code; Egypt; Islamic law

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