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The summonses have been divided into four major types, based on the different obligations they place upon the summoned individual. These four obligations-"arguing a case" (dabābu), "ending a case" (quttû), "establishing a case" (kunnu) or "presenting" (abāku) another individual-are not the only actions that a summons may require. In addition to these four major groups of summonses, there are other summonses that stipulate requirements using different terms. This chapter describes these texts. The other summonses may be broadly divided between those that impose a penalty on the summoned individual for failure to comply and those that do not impose a penalty for failure to comply. The chapter discusses one additional text-type, the promissory oaths, in which an individual assumes an obligation by swearing an oath. The legal function of the injunctions, then, is to impose a penalty of some kind in order to prevent the performance of a particular action.

Keywords: injunctions; promissory oaths; summoned individual; summonses

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