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Legal System of Saudi Arabia Jesse Russell

Legal System of Saudi Arabia

Jesse Russell

Published February 14th 2012
ISBN : 9785513271116
72 pages
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High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The legal system of Saudi Arabia is based on Sharia, Islamic law derived from the Quran and the Sunnah (the traditions) of the Prophet Muhammad. The sources of Sharia also include Islamic scholarly consensus developed after Muhammads death and analogical reasoning by Muslim judges. Its interpretation by judges in Saudi Arabia is influenced by the medieval texts of the literalist Hanbali school of Islamic jurisprudence. Uniquely in the Muslim world, Sharia has been adopted by Saudi Arabia in an uncodified form. This, and the lack of judicial precedent, has resulted in considerable uncertainty in the scope and content of the countrys laws. The government therefore announced its intention to codify Sharia in 2010. Sharia has also been supplemented by regulations issued by royal decree covering modern issues such as intellectual property and corporate law. Nevertheless, Sharia remains the primary source of law, especially in areas such as criminal, family, commercial and contract law, and the Quran and the Sunnah are declared to be the countrys constitution.