al-Tabr al-Masbuk fi Nasihat al-Muluk wa al-Wuzara wa al-Wulat

UAE Laws and Islamic Finance

Durham, UK

The [Jafet] library contains a valuable collection of manuscripts from the Mamluk period (1250-1517) in Egypt and Syria. Amongst these manuscripts is Abu Hamid Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Ghazali’s al-Tabr al-Masbuk fi Nasihat al-Muluk wa al-Wuzara wa al-Wulat (MS:l72.2:G4ltbA), a manual of advice composed for rulers, ministers and governors on how they should govern their realms. The manuscript was probably produced in Egypt at the beginning of the fifteenth century. It is a fine example of a late Mamluk manuscript that can be seen in the quality of the coloured paper, the beauty of the calligraphy and the contemporary brown morocco binding.


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Halal Meat

UAE Laws and Islamic Finance

Dhabīḥah (ذَبِيْحَة) is the prescribed method of slaughter for all meat sources, excluding fish and other sea-life, per Islamic law. This method of slaughtering animals consists of using a well-sharpened knife to make a swift, deep incision that cuts the front of the throat, the carotid artery, windpipe, and jugular veins.  The head of an animal that is slaughtered using halal methods is aligned with the qiblah. In addition to the direction, permitted animals should be slaughtered upon utterance of the Islamic prayer “in the name of God.”

The correct method of slaughtering involves the simultaneous cutting of the gullet, windpipe, carotid artery, and jugular vein of the animal with a sharp knife.  The conditions for slaughter are as below:

  1. The one who carries out the slaughtering must be a Muslim;
  2. If possible, the instrument used to slaughter should be made of iron;
  3. The creature to be…

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