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Anti-corruption in HistoryFrom Antiquity to the Modern Era$
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Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória, and Guy Geltner

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198809975

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198809975.001.0001

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Fighting Corruption between Theory and Practice

Fighting Corruption between Theory and Practice

The Land of the Euphrates and Tigris in Transition, Ninth to Eleventh Centuries

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Anti-corruption in History

Maaike van Berkel

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The focus of this chapter is on the efforts that were made to tackle corruption in the Middle East between the ninth and the eleventh centuries. What it shows is that definitions of corruption and anticorruption measures (petition and response procedures, administrative discharge procedures, audits of office and so forth) remained largely stable throughout Abbasid, Buyid and Seljuq rule. However, it also outlines how there was a gap between the anticorruption measures themselves and their enforcement—in other words, between prevention and punishment. In addition, it also shows how the perception of corruption as an urgent matter waxed and waned according to political circumstances.

Keywords:   corruption, anticorruption, Abbasids, Buyids, Seljuqs, Medieval Era, punishment

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