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Caliph of CairoAl-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, 9961021$
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Paul E. Walker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774163289

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.001.0001

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Social Reform and Legislation

Social Reform and Legislation

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(p.187) 6 Social Reform and Legislation
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Caliph of Cairo
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Paul E. Walker

Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774163289.003.0006

Restrictions and conditions apply more to the weak than to the powerful. The prescriptions and proscriptions inherent in this order are social and comprise the duties each member of the Islamic community owes to its collective observance of the law and the religion. It is commonly acknowledged that no one should attempt corrective measures, either in favor of good or against the bad, if such actions will put that person in danger. Challenging a corrupt government official could be life threatening to the challenger; the injunction to act does not extend that far. Persecution of Jews and Christians and the destruction of their houses of worship are examples of a set of orders issued by him that run contrary to Islamic law and precedent. It is important to see the possibility that the caliph's prohibitions are linked, a religious motive, perhaps one that eludes us, underlying all.

Keywords:   restrictions, proscriptions, Jews, injunction, destruction

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