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Kristen Stilt & Roy Mottahedeh, Public and Private as Viewed Through the Work of the Muhtasib, 70 Soc. Res. 735 (2003).

Abstract: This article examines the distinctions between public and private space in classical Islamic law through the work of the muhtasib, a legal official charged with the inspection of public places and behavior in towns of the premodern Middle East and North Africa (and in some Muslim communities outside of these areas).