Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition

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, silver, because of the variety of its application was in great demand in Muslim society. Its abusive accumulation, however, was to be avoided, since, according to the Ḳurʾān, “those who treasure up gold and silver and do not expend them in the way of Allāh” would meet with a painful punishment ( Sūra ix, 34). Functionally the significance of silver resembled that of gold (see d̲h̲ahab ). Its economic importance arose from the fact that silver, along with gold, constituted the basis for the official Muslim coinage (see dirham). Under normal economic circumstances the value of silve…

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Ehrenkreutz, A.S., “Fiḍḍa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 05 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2357>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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