Inheritance, law and religions in the ancient and mediaeval worlds

This book is about conflicts over inheritance in the ancient and mediaeval worlds. It deals with rules of inheritance and property division in ancient Greece, in the Roman and Byzantine Empires, in some Latin kingdoms and in mediaeval Islamic Egypt. The sources drawn upon for this book are varied: documentary sources, such as inscriptions, papyri and manuscripts containing petitions and wills, but also literary sources, legal documents and law codes. The book focuses on the impact religions had on family law and property transmission and offers insight on Greco-Roman religion, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It deals with gender inequality in the ancient and mediaeval Mediterranean world.

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