The Suppression of Crime, the Supervision of Markets, and Urban Society in the Egyptian Capital during the Tenth and Eleventh Centuries

Yaacov Lev

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Abstract

This article examines two institutions: the police (shurta) and supervision of the markets (hisba), in tenth- and eleventh-century Fustat, the old Muslim capital of Egypt. Both their functioning and some aspects of the urban society of Fustat are discussed. In contrast to other studies of these institutions which utilized administrative texts, this paper is based on a contemporary chronicle which sheds fresh light on the topic under discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-95
Number of pages25
JournalMediterranean Historical Review
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1988

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