INTRODUCTION The second issue of volume three starts with a look at the draft Arbitration Law in Egypt, in an article by Michael Davies. Mr. Davies, now based in London, has spent many years in Egypt, and writes from an authoritative viewpoint on what promises to be a welcome development in Egypt's arbitration procedures. An article by Professor Dahman Ben Abderrahman, on the Koranic Sources of Saudi Arabian Business Law, considers the ever present role of Hanbali law in all aspects of Saudi business law. In a far-ranging exploration of the application of Koranic principles, the general duties as set out in and extrapolated from religious writings are noted. Returning to Egypt, we also present the first of three articles on rent control in Egypt, by Betsy Birns McCall. Rent control in Egypt has provided the pattern for similar measures in most other Arab countries. Indeed, not only is a discussion of Egyptian rent control relevant to the whole Arab world, but also the causes and effects of the housing shortage and government intervention in Egypt provide a valid comparison for any jurisdiction with a large section of the population relying on rented accommodation. Dr. Mohamed Abdel Khalek Omar's article on mixed economy companies in Algerian law gives an up-to-date description of this increasingly popular format of socialist/foreign enterprise corporations. Highly dependent on Algerian public policy requirements, the law governing such corporations illustrates the cooperation possible between countries whose political philosophy differs. Part II of Al-Sanhuri and Islamic Law, by Enid Hill, completes the paper whose first part appeared in the February 1988 issue. Much of present day Egyptian legal thinking draws inspiration from Al-Sanhuri's work, and thus he has influenced the whole of the Arab world. Al-Sanhuri had the ability to draw his own inspiration from many sources, whilst retaining an essentially Egyptian outlook on the law. For example, taking the best of the Mixed Courts' jurisprudence, he nonetheless did not hesitate to make changes when required. He could look to Europe and further afield whilst not losing sight of the essentially Middle Eastern and Mediterranean nature of Egypt's history. Finally, the text concludes with Book VIII of the Mejelle, on wrongful appropriation and destruction. We regret that it has not been possible to include the article on Bahrain's new bankruptcy law in this issue, but space has been set aside for it in the August 1988 issue. THE EDITORS
Arab Law Quarterly – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1988
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