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The markets for essential bread

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/9780199602438.003.0008
The markets for essential bread

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This long chapter describes in eight cases how the muhtasib attempted to regulate the complex markets of wheat, flour, and bread. In doing so, the muhtasib was challenged by the sultan’s high-ranking solders, amirs, who were grain owners and wanted to keep the price of grain high. The average residents of Cairo and Fustat wanted more bread at cheaper prices. The cases show the muhtasib dealing with rising prices and hoarders of food, and the official tried to set prices at reasonable levels and force hoarders to sell.

Keywords: price setting; hoarding; wheat; flour; rread; amir; forced sales

Chapter.  14711 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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