THE LASH IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: Torture and Citizenry in Medieval Muslim Jurisprudence1
Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011
© 2011 Journal of Religious Ethics, Inc.
Journal of Religious Ethics
Volume 39, Issue 4, pages 606–612, December 2011
How to Cite
Ahmed, R. (2011), THE LASH IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: Torture and Citizenry in Medieval Muslim Jurisprudence. Journal of Religious Ethics, 39: 606–612. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9795.2011.00497.x
- Issue published online: 17 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 17 NOV 2011
- prisoners of war
Medieval Muslim scholars unequivocally prohibited the torture of prisoners of war out of a concern for maintaining theoretical constructs about the boundaries of the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Muslim scholars worried that the torturing prisoners of war would compromise values and ideals predicated on such constructs, and that the demands of citizenship trumped any benefit to the Muslim community that might accrue from torture.