Historical and Comparative Macrosociology of Middle Eastern Legal Systems


  • Nathan Brown George Washington University
  • Saïd Amir Arjomand Stony Brook University



Law, Middle East, macrosociology, macrohistory, Islam


The understanding of law in the Middle East requires not simply different disciplinary perspectives but bringing disciplines into dialogue with each other. It also requires analysis that crosses historical periods in order to understand legal systems as ones that develop over time based on longstanding traditions and earlier transformations, not simply European intrusion. We present a series of analyses by scholar who, while anchored in their own discipline, historical focus, and geographical specialization consciously work to address a broad social scientific audience.


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Author Biographies

Nathan Brown, George Washington University

Author of Arguing Islam after the Revival of Arab Politics (Oxford University Press, 2017).  Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, Department of Political Science, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20052

Saïd Amir Arjomand, Stony Brook University

Author of Revolution: Structure and Meaning in World History (The University of Chicago Press, 2019). Distinguished Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794-4356.




How to Cite

Brown, N. and Arjomand, S. A. (2020) “Introduction: Historical and Comparative Macrosociology of Middle Eastern Legal Systems”, Oñati Socio-Legal Series, 10(5), pp. 955–959. doi: 10.35295/osls.iisl/0000-0000-0000-1126.