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Legal position and general condition

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This section presents translation of passages from the Jamiʿ concerning some of the main aspects and definitions of the dhimmi (protected) position of non-Muslim subjects within the Shiʿite Imami state, society and law. As such, the selected passages deal with three areas of Shiʿite theology and law that had direct, and largely detrimental, effect on the legal definition and the actual socio-economic and living conditions of Iranian Jews through the early years of the twentieth century. The section also deals with the persecution and massacre of the followers of Bāb in the city of Yazd in the spring of 1891, indirectly and only tangentially touches on the low rank and comparatively inferior position of the Jews of Yazd as late as the 1890s.

Keywords: Iranian Jews; legal position; non-Muslim subjects; Shiʿite Imami state; Yazd



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