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Serious crimes or minor offenses?

Stilt Talar

in Islamic Law in Action

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602438
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729348 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199602438.003.0005
Serious crimes or minor offenses?

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This chapter examines the actions of the muhtasib in the areas of serious crimes and minor offenses. In the first case, the muhtasib prevented boys from playing games with eggs on the holiday of Covenant Thursday; the games were seen as skin to gambling. In the second case, the muhtasib destroyed bottles of wine sold by Muslim merchants, instructed prostitutes to cease public solicitations, and forbade public displays of hashish. In the third case, the muhtasib forbade women from camping out in the market in order to get a good view of the pilgrimage caravan. In the fourth case, the muhtasib enforced the sultan’s prohibition on women appearing in public; the sultan hoped to stop a recurrence of the plague that was sweeping Cairo by this prohibition.

Keywords: Hadd crimes; Siyasa; punishment siyasatan; gambling; wine; hashish; prostitutes; plague

Chapter.  11039 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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