Dīwān al-ʿArḍ (department of the army)
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Dīwān al-ʿarḍ (department of the army), a subdivision of the dīwān al-jaysh or dīwān al-jund (Pers. dīwān-i sipāh), which was concerned with the ʿarḍ (the mustering, parading, inspection) of soldiers for a range of administrative purposes such as grading, registration, identification and the related matters of pay and other disbursements. The convention of ʿarḍ can be traced back to Pre-Islamic Iran, through the ʿAbbāsid period to the late-medieval dyna…

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Sadeq Sajjadi, “Dīwān al-ʿArḍ (department of the army)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 17 October 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_037179>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110

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