Manual for Mohammedan Law


Handboek voor het Mohammedaansch regt (Handbook of Mohammedan law) is a guide in Dutch to Islamic law by Salomo Keijzer (or Keyzer, 1823‒68), doctor of humanities and law, and teacher in the humanities and social sciences of Netherlands India (i.e., the Dutch East Indies, or present-day Indonesia) at the Royal Academy in Delft. The book includes an introduction on the origins and sources of Islamic law, followed by in-depth chapters on such topics as purification, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, commerce, marriage, crimes against persons, and testimonies and evidence. Important concepts are introduced with their equivalents in the original Arabic. At the end of the book is a register of romanized Arabic words indexed to their use in the text. Keyzer wrote a number of other works on Islamic laws and customs, particularly as they related to the Dutch East Indies. The Library of Congress copy presented here has an ink stamp in Japanese: Minami Manshū Tetsudō Kabushiki Kaisha Tōa Keizai Chōsakyoku zōsho no in (Seal of collection at the South Manchuria Railway Company, East Asia Economic Research Bureau). During World War II, the South Manchuria Railway Company engaged in extensive intelligence gathering and operational activities on behalf of the Japanese Imperial Army, including efforts to agitate Muslims against Chinese and Russian rule. Most likely the book was confiscated by the U.S. armed forces at the end of the war and subsequently transferred to the Library of Congress.

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Belifante Brothers, The Hague

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Handboek voor het Mohammedaansch regt

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426 pages ; 22 centimeters

Last updated: June 16, 2016