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DAR AL-ISLAM. An essential part of the doctrine of jihad is the division of the world into the "territoryofIslam" (dar al-Islam) and the "territory of war" (dar al-harb). The Shafi'is have added a third category, the "territory of truce [or treaty] (ddr al-sulh or ddr al-`ahd), for enemy territory with whose inhabitants a Muslim government has concluded a truce imposing a tribute on them. The decisive factor for ascertaining whether a region belongs to the dar al-Islam is Muslim sovereignty and ...more

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