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The demand for extraterritoriality: religious minorities in nineteenth- century Egypt

Artunç, Cihan and Saleh, Mohamed ORCID: 0000-0002-2403-9300 (2023) The demand for extraterritoriality: religious minorities in nineteenth- century Egypt. Economic History Review. ISSN 1468-0289

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Identification Number: 10.1111/ehr.13302

Abstract

The transplantation of European legal systems in the periphery often occurred via semi-colonial institutions, where Europeans were subject to their own jurisdictions that placed them outside the reach of local courts. In nineteenth-century Egypt, the option of extraterritoriality was extended to local non-Muslims. Drawing on Egypt's population censuses in 1848 and 1868, we show that locals did not seek extraterritoriality to place themselves under more efficient jurisdictions. Rather, legal protection mitigated uncertainty about which law would apply to any contractual relationship in an environment where multiple legal systems co-existed and overlapped.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14680289
Additional Information: © 2023 The Author(s)
Divisions: Economic History
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
JEL classification: N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, and Regulation > N45 - Asia including Middle East
N - Economic History > N3 - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income, and Wealth > N35 - Economic History: Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Income and Wealth: Asia including Middle East
K - Law and Economics > K4 - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior > K40 - General
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2023 11:21
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2024 16:45
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/120443

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