Iceland, shari’a, and the reliability of oral transmission

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March 13, 2012
by David Friedman  
Posted in Commentary

"I have recently been reading up on the history of Islamic law, in particular in Knut Vikor's excellent Between God and the Sultan, for my current book project on legal systems very different from ours. While doing so, it occurred to me that there is at least one issue common to scholarly debates on that subject and debates on the legal system of saga period Iceland, the subject of a different chapter of my book. That issue is the reliability of oral transmission of a prose text." (03/12/12)  

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