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Beiträge zum Islamischen Recht X

Zu Ehren von Hilmar Krüger


Edited By Hans-Georg Ebert

Der Band ist dem Initiator und Ideengeber der Gesellschaft für Arabisches und Islamisches Recht, Professor Dr. Hilmar Krüger, gewidmet. Er enthält Aufsätze, die auf der Jahrestagung des Vereins am 17. und 18. Oktober 2014 in Leipzig gehalten wurden. Zum einen werden Themen, die sich mit der Rolle des Islamischen Rechts in den Rechtsordnungen der modernen arabischen Welt befassen, behandelt. Zum anderen beschäftigen sich die Autoren dieses Buches mit den spezifischen rechtlichen Verhältnissen, so in Ägypten und in den arabischen Golfländern. Der Band wendet sich sowohl an Juristen, die sich mit der arabischen Welt praktisch oder theoretisch befassen, als auch an Orientalisten und Islamwissenschaftler, die an rechtlichen Entwicklungen und möglichen rechtlichen Perspektiven der arabischen Länder interessiert sind. Es werden darüber hinaus Fragen der rechtlichen Beziehungen zwischen arabischen Ländern und Europa erörtert.
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Equitable justice in a hybrid legal setting. The principle of good faith in Middle Eastern commercial laws


1. Introduction – a comparative analysis of good faith

1.1 The increasing interest in good faith in commercial law

The principle of good faith in Middle Eastern laws has enjoyed for some time now considerable attention, in particular from international law firms operating in the Middle East. This is somewhat unusual for a general principle of law; the everyday work of these firms normally focusses on substantive areas of ‘hard law’ that are of interest to their client base, rather than on concepts of ‘legal method’ or ‘legal philosophy’, like the concept of good faith.1

Yet there are a number of reasons for this current interest in good faith. One lies in the current political events in the region. Good faith and its derivative concepts, such as the doctrines of abuse of rights or force majeure, all attract increased attention in the current unstable political situation that also has an effect on the business world. As a principle of equitable justice that allows for adjustment to contractual bargains – or even the letter of the law – with the aim of reaching the equitable solution of specific cases (Einzelfallgerechtigkeit), good faith is bound to become more important in a situation where political events can have profound and unforeseen effects on contractual arrangements. The social impetus of the good faith principle also resonates well in the current context of the protests in the Arab world, which were directed also at social injustices.2 ← 99 | 100 →

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