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KHARAJ. A tax system designed for agrarian land owned by non-Muslims, kharaj is distinct from the tax system for agrarian land owned by Muslims. The Islamic state is allowed to charge kharaj (which is actually a rental) even for uncultivated land. In Islamic fiscal administration, the meaning of the word kharaj, if used without qualification, is land tax; it is imposed on landed properties owned by the conquered people, who were left on them in return fox an annual tax. The kharaj was first intr ...more

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