Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation)

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Concerning the Laws of Kharâj Lands
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Bishr ibn-Ghiyâth from abu-Yûsuf:—Only land which was taken by assault, such as as-Sawâd, ash-Sha’m, and others, [is subject to the kharâj]. If the leader divided it among those who conquered it, it is tithe-land, and its inhabitants slaves; if the leader did not divide it, but turned it over to the Moslems as a whole, as ‘Umar did with as-Sawâd, then its people sustain the burden of the jizyah, and the land is subject to the kharâj, but the people are not slaves. This is the dictum of abu-Ḥanîfah [also].

Al-Wâḳidi, on the authority of Sufyân ath-Thauri, makes the sa…

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“Concerning the Laws of Kharâj Lands”, in: Kitāb Futūḥ al-buldān (English translation), General Editor Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā al-Balādhūrī. Consulted online on 04 August 2020

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