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Document Sixty Herding Contracts ('udūla): Customary Partnership In A Herd Of Goats (1956)

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ʿUdūla is a customary partnership in livestock concluded by offer and acceptance between the owner of the livestock (muʿallim) and the herder, who undertakes to rear the goats for a specific number of years. In return, the herder is entitled to benefit from the produce of the livestock, such as wool, milk and butter, and to own the male offspring of the livestock born during the period of the ʿudūla. At the termination of that period, the rest of the livestock returns to the owner. Although the partnership of ʿudūla is purely customary, it is noteworthy that the sharīʿa acknowledges partnership in livestock.

Keywords: ʿudūla; customary partnership; herd of goats; herding contracts; livestock; muʿallim; sharīʿa



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