A Tale of Two Stories
Customary Marriage and Paternity. A Discourse Analysis of a Scandal in Egypt
Islamkundliche Untersuchungen Band 333
Klaus Schwarz Verlag
1. Edition (2017)
Hardcover, 338 pages
This book investigates an Egyptian scandal about paternity and marriage in the years 2004 to 2007. It asks about legal change in Egyptian family law and Islamic jurisprudence while also inquiring into the effects of media coverage. The study draws from a variety of sources, including newspaper articles, court rulings, university textbooks, fatwas, etc. The resulting presentation tells two differing stories about the affair of Hind al-Ḥinnāwī and Aḥmad al-Fīšāwī: one is dramatic and promises change, the other is technical and purports routine. In order to make sense of this, both stories are situated in a discourse analytical framework. Building on the distinction of special discourse, interdiscourse, and elementary discourse, the combined analysis of both tales develops a new perspective on the issue of change and arrives at an interdiscursive view of legal development in Egyptian family law.