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CRIMINAL LAW. The body of law dealing with wrongs that are punishable by the state with the object of deterrence is known as criminal law. Islamic criminal law recognizes three categories of these wrongs. The first is the hudud (plural of #add or "limit" set by God), the contravention of which leads to a prescribed and mandatory penalty. The second, ta`zir, comprises those crimes not included among the hudud because their punishment is discretionary. The term ta'zir means chastisement and intend ...more

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