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The lesser evil

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The members of Egyptian parliament, and certainly the members of the committees that discussed the Code in both houses, upper house and lower house, were well aware of its intention to protect the weak strata and to adopt a more relativist and restrict approach to property laws the rights that gave them their status, money and social privileges. The President of the Civil Code Committee in the Upper House, for example, offered full details on the 'social justice orientations' of the Code at a plenum session held on June 8, 1948. Accordingly, ʿAbd Al-Razzāq Sanhūrī wrote as early as 1936 that parliament should approve the Code as a single entity, without dismantling its various components. This chapter examines how the legal approach of the parliamentary deputies and their desire to direct and shape the New Code were manifested after Sanhūrī had already drafted the proposed legislation.

Keywords: ʿAbd Al-Razzāq Sanhūrī; Civil Code Committee; Egyptian parliament; legal approach; property laws



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