Law and society scholarship in Palestine is relatively scarce, because it is developing gradually in the historical context of foreign occupations. The struggle for national liberation and a complex state-building process, which takes place in tandem with ongoing resistance against oppression, increased scholarly interest in addressing law and society issues during the 1990s. The patriarchal, sociopolitical, cultural, and economic legacies of the region influence the interpretation of legal texts and critical analyses of various legal regimes pertaining to Palestine.

The complicated history of Palestine's various occupations by the Ottomans, British, Jordanians, Egyptians, and Israelis has stimulated critical legal discussions, primarily among European-educated Palestinian lawyers and scholars. These debates focus on human rights, the construction of gender discrimination through religious and personal status laws, and the relationship ...

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