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Posted by gorb 2012-06-07 18:37||
#3 A bribe? No, I see it differently. Under Islamic tax law throughout antiquity, the caliph authorized the imposition of a tax on traders as they enter the jurisdiction of a tax collector appointed by the caliph. That is why the Taliban instituted checkpoint taxes in Afghanistan and why al-Shabaab does it in Somalia. You could call it extortion, but from their point of view it's perfectly legal in their religion.