Environmental Purity and Cleanliness: Applications and Practices in the Early Muslim Society
Islamic jurisprudence had laid the foundation for the cleanliness and hygiene of the human environment through a network of rulings and specifications. The concept of "purity" was introduced to encompass the conditions of cleanliness and hygiene representing the pre-requisites for religious and biological activities. Through the practices and applications of the "Muhtasib,” those rulings and specifications were expanded and put to practice. This paper will attempt to illustrate how those rulings and practices have contributed to, and protected, public health long time before other cultures. Also, the modern contribution of such rulings and practices towards environmental health needs and regulations will be explored.
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