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The Calligraphic StateTextual Domination and History in a Muslim Society$
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Brinkley Messick

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780520076051

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520076051.001.0001

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Court Order

Court Order

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The Calligraphic State

Brinkley Messick

University of California Press

This chapter examines the history of court reform and concludes with another recent skit, this one critical of former judicial practices. The twentieth century opened in Yemen with a judgeship recently modified in accord with Ottoman reforms. The 1916 court personnel list reveals a distinguishing characteristic of Ottoman judicial organization. Problematic changes occurred in the area of judicial writing. Despite several administrative reshufflings, court reform did not get firmly under way in the Republic until the important legislation of 1979. Mentions of ministry authority, legislated law, and the republican government intertwine with a litany of older concerns about abuse and injustice.

Keywords:   court reform, judicial practices, Yemen, judgeship, Ottoman reforms, Ottoman judicial organization, judicial writing, ministry authority, republican government

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