Ahl al-ḥall wa-l-ʿaqd
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Ahl al-ḥall wa-l-ʿaqd, the “people who loosen and bind,” is a term commonly used by classical scholars to signify those members of the religious and the political elite whom they expect to play some role in the selection and deposition of the ruler, though some classical and modern commentators assign a broader range of functions to those encompassed by this term.

1. Functions

According to classical Sunnī jurists and theologians, the head of the Muslim community, the imām, acquired hi…

Cite this page
Zaman, Muhammad Qasim, “Ahl al-ḥall wa-l-ʿaqd”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 16 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_0027>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004150171, 2007, 2007-1



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