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Mamālik al-Imām
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Mamālikal-imām (Ar. property/slaves of the imām) is a juridical concept in Shīʿī ḥadth, familiar to some eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Muslim legal scholars (ulamāʾ), whereby the People of the Book are regarded as property or slaves of the Imām. This meant that if a member of a dhimm (see Dhimma) community killed or wounded someone, the dhimm community was not required to pay the blood money for the victim, and instead it would be taken from the perpetrator's property. If the perpetrator had no property, the indemnity for the felony would be claimed from the Imām, since dhimms wer…

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Daniel Tsadik, “Mamālik al-Imām”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0014540>
First published online: 2010

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