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Muqasamah


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Tax system in use from 628 until the end of the Mamluk period (late sixteenth century). Usually known as muqasamah kharaj. Took the form of a sharecropping contract whereby the tenant entered into a lease agreement with the state or a private party, promising to pay a percentage of the crop yield in exchange for protection of the land. Most of the jurisprudential discussions focus on whether such contracts are unduly speculative.

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