- How does codification change the structure of authority behind the law?
- Compare the codification projects in the Ottoman Empire and French colonial Algeria. How similar were the motivations and methods of a Muslim empire on the one hand, and a European colonial government on the other?
Brinkley Messick, The Calligraphic State: Textual Domination and History in a Muslim Society (University of California Press, 1993), chapter 3, “Disenchantment.”
Oussama Arabi, "Orienting the Gaze: Marcel Morand and the Codification of le droit musulman algerien," Journal of Islamic Studies 11 (2000), 43-72.
(NB: the same translation of Marghinani's Hedaya is available in hard copy in the library, as well as via Eighteenth-Century Collections Online).