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Market regulation and consumer protection

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/9780199602438.003.0007
Market regulation and consumer protection

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This chapter examines the muhtasib’s actions regarding general market regulation and consumer protection. In the first case, the muhtasib dispatched a deputy to assess the activities in a new market on the edge of town that was started by Nubians. In the second case, the muhtasib punished merchants who were selling meat that was not Islamically permissible. In the third case, the muhtasib ordered bath house attendants to provide customers ample sized towels, organized weighers so that they were distributed evenly throughout the city, and forbade certain merchants from lighting their lamps at night with flax seed oil. The fourth case describes how the muhtasib tried to ensure that standard weights and measures were used in the market. In the fifth case, the muhtasib punished a merchant whose storehouse contained rotten birds. In the sixth case, the muhtasib required merchants to set up a market outside of Cairo.

Keywords: beer; Mizr; Nubians; slaughter; bathhouse; scales; Linseed; weights; measures

Chapter.  11473 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Law

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