legal and culture aspects of ignominious parading 81 LEGAL AND CULTURAL ASPECTS OF IGNOMINIOUS PARADING ( TASHH ^ R ) IN ISLAM CHRISTIAN LANGE Abstract Ignominious parading ( tashh Ê r ) was a crucial element of Islamic punitive practice well into the 19th century CE. In the context of a cultural-legal tradition for which the distinction between private and public was all- important, a punishment consisting, literally, in “making someone public” had a fundamental role to play. However, tashh Ê r has gone largely unnoticed by historians of Islamic law, despite the fact that it features prominently in legal discussions as the penalty for perjury ( shah § dat al-z å r ). This essay, based for the most part on sources from the late-classical period (5th/11th and 6th/12th centuries), not only analyzes the place of tashh Ê r in fiqh , but it also takes into account instances of tashh Ê r in Islamic historiography and in the eschatological literature, thus uncovering the symbolic structure that underlies the tashh Ê r ritual. 1. Ignominious Parading in Western Scholarship Judging from the frequency with which it is mentioned in Islamic historiography, ignominious parading ( tashh Ê r
Islamic Law and Society – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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