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June 14, 2014

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ajay

This might not be as incongruous as it appears. I don't know about early Islamic history specifically but going after merchants for selling short measure was one of the core functions of the mediaeval state. It is also, of course, a great way to raise funds through fines/taxes/blackmail, because merchants are the ones with the money.

Barry Freed

Islam started as a movement among the mercantile class of the Hijaz. The command to give full weight and measure of goods is explicit in the Qur'an in addition to the metaphor of balance, measurement, and weighing on the scales being all over the place. There are also a lot of prophetic hadith about it as well. Nothing about Bugs Bunny bouncy castles to the best of my recollection.

nick s

Perhaps the Warner Bros influence comes from paying attention to the effects of shoddy suppliers and inadequate planning in another desert environment.

ajay

I did almost write "I don't know about early Islamic history specifically (Barry?)" but then I thought "Nah, no need, he'll pick it up".

nick: Sura al-Anfal 8:30, "And when those who disbelieve draw plans against thee, to wound thee fatally, or to kill thee or to drive thee forth; they plot well, but Allah also plotteth; and Allah is the best of plotters", is fairly universally acknowledged to be a reference to Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.

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