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33 Arab L.Q. 1 (2019)

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                      ARAB LAW QUARTERLY 33 (2019) 1-4               Arab Law
                                                                     Quarterly
BRILL                                                               brill.com/alq


Editor's Note


When the first issue of the Arab Law Quarterly appeared in 1985, its esteemed
editors noted that there was no similar publication to it, despite the long con-
nection of the English-speaking world to the Arab world, from the plays of
William Shakespeare, to the exploits of Colonel T.E. Lawrence, to the travels
of Wilfred Thesiger, to the highly influential and deeply underappreciated
contributions of Gertrude Bell to Arab law and politics, and beyond. In the
intervening thirty-three years of the life of the Quarterly, that problem has
scarcely been remedied. While a handful of high quality journals have arisen
that address topics related to and inclusive of the law of the Arab world, there
are virtually none, other than the Quarterly, that are dedicated exclusively to
the study of Arab law and Arab legal systems.
   To say therefore that the Quarterly has filled a void in the world of legal
scholarship is to understate the matter considerably. Its work has been instru-
mental in casting a much-needed light on a less understood and underappre-
ciated legal typology that was, at the time of the inception of the Quarterly,
just barely coming into its own as a field of study separate and distinct from
the premodern Islamic law that had long ruled throughout much of the
region. Enid Hill's pathbreaking work on al-Sanhuri's contributions to Arab law,1
WM. Ballantyne's thorough descriptions of the evolution, and indeed revo-
lution, of constitutional, civil, and commercial law in the Gulf states,2 Mark




I E. Hill, 'Al-Sanhuri and Islamic Law. The place and significance of Islamic law in the life and
   work of 'Abd al-Razzaq Ahmad al-Sanhuri Egyptian Jurist and Scholar 1985-1971, 1', Arab Law
   Quarterly 3(1) (1988): 33-64; E. Hill, 'Al-Sanhuri and Islamic Law. The place and significance
   of Islamic law in the life and work of 'Abd al-Razzaq Ahmad al-Sanhuri Egyptian Jurist and
   Scholar 1985-1971,2, Arab Law Quarterly 3(1) (1988): 182-214, reprinted by permission from the
   Cairo Papers in Social Science, vol. lo, Monograph 1, Spring 1987 (Cairo: American University
   in Cairo Press, 1987).
2 WM. Ballantyne, 'The States of the GCC: Sources of Law, the Shari'a and the Extent to which
   it Applies, Arab Law Quarterly 1(1) (1985): 3- 18; 'WM. Ballantyne, 'The Constitutions of the
   Gulf States: A Comparative Study, Arab Law Quarterly 1(2) (1985): 158 - 176; WM. Ballantyne,
   'Arbitration in the Gulf States: Delocalisation: A Short Comparative Study, Arab Law
   Quarterly 1(2) (1985): 205-215; WM. Ballantyne, 'The New Civil Code of the United Arab
   Emirates: a Further Reassertion of the Shari'a Arab Law Quarterly 1(3) (1985): 245-264.


( KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2018 1 DOI:10.1163/15730255-12331001

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