[Cairo], Egypt: Cohen and Rosenthal Press, 1912. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto.  340pp. (in arabic numerals). Soft green leather over light green decorative boards. Debossed Arabic lettering in gilt on the front cover. Book block reinforced with new modern endpapers. The original marbled endpapers are still bound in. In two parts, bound in one volume with continuous pagination. Written by Egyptian Chief Rabbi Masud Chai ben Shimon, this scarce work is a comprehensive overview of Jewish law, primarily aimed at non-Jewish Egyptians, in order to educate the Egyptian public, promote the Jews as upstanding citizens in the eyes of the Egyptian government and show that no law was in conflict with the laws of the Egyptian legal system. Opposite p.186, there is a graphic fold-out chart, displaying Jewish laws of inheritance. Index at the back of the book.
Text primarily in Arabic, with occasional Hebrew.
Binding with some staining, and rubbing to the covers. Bumping, rubbing and light fraying to extremities. Side edge of book block with some stains. Original bound-in rear marbled endpaper with some creasing and tears along the edges. Pages 205-229 with a small closed tear at the side margin of the pages. Book block fairly tight overall. Binding in good-, interior in very good condition overall. Scarce. g- to vg. Item #47008
Hebrew title: ספר שערי משפט ,)מסעוד חי בן שמעון( מסעוד חי בן־סימון
Arabic Title: م. حاي بن شمعون، كتاب الاحكام الشرعية فى الاحوال الشخصية للاسرائيلين
Masud Chai ben Shimon (1869-1925), served as the Chief Rabbi of Egypt from 1921-1925. He ascended to the position upon the retirement of the previous Chief Rabbi, his brother, Rabbi Rafael Aharon ben Shimon (1848-1928), in 1921. He had served for many years as the head of the Cairo Beit-Din (Rabbinic court).