Book Reviews / Islamic Law and Society 16 (2009) 95-111 107 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2009 DOI: 10.1163/156851908X413793 Law, Custom and Statute in the Muslim World. Studies in Honor of Aharon Layish . Edited by Ron Shaham, Studies in Islamic Law and Society, 28. Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2007. Pp. xxxi + 263. ISBN 978-9004154-53-7. €105; $142. is edited volume is based on the proceedings of a conference devoted to Islamic legal history held at the Hebrew University in 2002 to honor Aharon Layish upon his retirement. Most of the contributions in the volume address Professor Layish’s diverse research interests, such as the interaction of customary practice and Sharīʿa law, the historical development of the Muslim judiciary, modern reform movements, and Muslim institutions within the state of Israel. Both the preface by the volume editor and the academic autobiography which follows it bring out not only the range of Layish’s academic output in the ﬁeld of Islamic law, but also his major role in the Israel Oriental Society and his engagement with legal and political matters concerning Israeli Arab citizens. e papers are organized chronologically, from the pre-modern to the modern. Nimrod Hurvitz challenges the recent revisionist view
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