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CHANGES IN THE OFFICE OF <i>ḤISBA</i> UNDER THE SELJUQS

Christian Lange

in The Seljuqs

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780748639946
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653294 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639946.003.0009
CHANGES IN THE OFFICE OF ḤISBA UNDER THE SELJUQS

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The market inspector (muhtasib) or the ‘guardian of the public space’ acted as the censor of morals and prosecutor of offences perpetrated in the bazaars and streets of the Muslim city. His sphere of influence was the market place but would have extended at times to the households of the Muslim city-dwellers. However, his influence was defined and bounded by the ruler's dominion from which he derived his power. Thus, the muhtasib negotiated between the claims to the inviolability of Muslim households on the one hand, and the dictates of the government on the other hand. This chapter focuses on the muhtasib and the hisba under the Seljuq rule. As suggested in this chapter, while the Seljuqs adopted and continued features of Abbasid, Buyid and Ghaznavid state organisation, the office of the hisba underwent several developments which gave it a distinctly Seljuq profile. These changes in the hisba mirrored a new kind of relationship between the state and society, specifically on the formation of private and public sphere.

Keywords: muhtasib; market place; hisba; state and society; private sphere; public sphere

Chapter.  12686 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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