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Term referring to community morals; by extension, to the maintenance of public law and order and supervising market transactions. The functions of the muhtasib (person responsible for hisbah) cover duties regarding prayers, mosque maintenance, community matters, and market dealings. With the advent of Western colonialism, hisbah came under the purview of secular departments in many Muslim societies.

See also Muhtasib

Subjects: Islam.


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