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The Administration of Justice in Medieval EgyptFrom the 7th to the 12th Century$
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Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474459235

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474459235.001.0001

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Criminal Justice and the Police

Criminal Justice and the Police

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(p.161) 4 Criminal Justice and the Police
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The Administration of Justice in Medieval Egypt
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Yaacov Lev

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474459235.003.0005

In Fatimid Fustat-Cairo the shurta was a police force responsible for fighting crime and its chiefs dispensed criminal justice. How the shurta and its chiefs operated in Fustat of the 1020s is discussed relying on Musabbih’s reports concerning 1024-1025. The shurta as an urban police force intended to fight crime was too small to maintain law and order in the capital and, in times of crisis, the task was delegated to the army.

Keywords:   Police/shurta, Chief of the Police, Crime, Criminal justice, Irtidad, Musabbihi

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