Managing Christians and Jews

Stilt Talar

in Islamic Law in Action

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199602438
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191729348 | DOI:
Managing Christians and Jews

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This chapter examines the ways that the muhtasib regulated Christians and Jews. In the first case, the muhtasib destroyed a church because the clappers used to call worshippers to prayer were too loud. In the second case, the muhtasib ordered the non-Muslims to modify their dress in particular ways, some of which tracked the conditions of the Pact of Umar. In the third case, the muhtasib persuaded the sultan to prevent Christians from working in offices of the sultanate, and along with this enforced dress restrictions on non-Muslims. In the fourth case, the muhtasib participated in a new manner of collecting the jizya tax that was imposed on non-Muslims.

Keywords: Christians; Jews; Ahl al-dhimma; Dhimmi; Pact of Umar; Church; Jizya

Chapter.  10193 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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