98 Book Reviews / Islamic Law and Society 16 (2009) 95-111 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156851908X413775 Her Day in Court: Women’s Property Rights in Fifteenth-Century Granada . By Maya Shatzmiller. Harvard Series in Islamic Law, 4. Cambridge, MA: Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School. Distributed by Harvard University Press, 2007. Pp. 277. ISBN: 0-674-02501-1. $28.95. Despite its subtitle, Maya Shatzmiller’s book reaches far beyond the territorial and chronological conﬁnes of 15th-century Granada. Her focus is not so much on Granada itself as on using the example of this region as an entry point for examination of the broader topic of women’s property rights in the pre-modern Islamic world and beyond. She includes a comparative dimension that stretches back into the classical Mediterranean past, to pre-modern Europe, to the Ottoman empire, and even into the modern day. Granada thus becomes a test case for examining a wide range of issues having to do with female property holding in Islamic law. Shatzmiller is comprehensive in her deﬁnition of property rights. She discusses not only tangible assets like real estate and money, but also includes an innovative analysis of women’s control over their own bodies, reproduction, breast-
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