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Ghabin, Ahmad
Hisba, Arts and Craft in Islam
volume: 7
pages/dimensions: CCLXXXVII
language: English
binding: Book (Paperback)
dimensions: 17.00 × 24.00 cm
publishing date: 04.01.2009
prices: 48,00 Eur[D] / 49,40 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-05932-9
48,00 Eur

This book focusses on a historical and cultural aspect of medieval Islam: the market inspection (hisba) in the Muslim state and its impact on the development of arts and crafts. It is a pioneer work in Islamic studies in which this aspect is being studied from over-all historical and cultural points of view. The study deals with two main issues: the history of market inspection in medieval Islam where it tries to highlight some additional notes concerning the origin of the institution of market inspection in Islam and also emphasizes its cultural role in the Muslim society. The second issue focuses on the impact of the institution of market inspection on the development of the visual arts and crafts in medieval Islam. Methodologically, the study surveys the references to the crafts in the manuals of hisba and compares them with the information about these crafts as they run in reality.