Chapter

Keeping the peace

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/9780199602438.003.0010
Keeping the peace

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This chapter addresses the muhtasib’s actions in the area of general public order. In the first case, the muhtasib investigated a mysterious talking wall and identified the perpetrators of the hoax and delivered them to the sultan for punishment. In the second case, the muhtasib forced the merchants to open their shops after they closed them out of fear of widespread unrest due to the sultan’s imminent death. In the third case, the muhtasib investigated the plundering of a number of shops in central Cairo by a group of boys.

Keywords: jinn; boycott; plunder; theft

Chapter.  4672 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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