January 9th, 2014 by Andrew Bostom |
Emile Tyan (1901-1977) studied law at St. Joseph University in Beirut, and received a doctorate in 1926 from the Faculty of Law at Lyon for a treatise on Islamic law. He became a professor of law in Beirut, and a politician, serving as a Lebanese minister of justice. Tyan was a major scholar of the Caliphate system noted, for his monumental works Le califat en regime sultanien (1956), and Sultanat et califat (1956). He also wrote a pellucid, remarkably compendious and unapologetic analysis of jihad for the venerable Encyclopaedia of Islam.