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 Untitled fatwa beginning Wa suʾila ʿan al-ruhbān…
(789 words)

‘And he was asked about the monks…’

Ibn Taymiyya

Date: Unknown

Original Language: Arabic


This brief fatwa on the legal status of monks living as dhimmīs under Muslim rule takes up five pages in MF xxviii, pp. 659-63. The fatwa inquirer asks whether monks who circulate freely among the populace, engaging in business and agriculture, are subject to the jizya tax levied on dhimmīs. In response, Ibn Taymiyya turns to the instruction of the first caliph, Abū Ba…

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Hoover, Jon, “ Untitled fatwa beginning Wa suʾila ʿan al-ruhbān…”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 600 - 1500, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 19 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2010

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