Islam prices people like livestockOctober 14, 2011
What’s the life of a human being worth under Islam? A hundred camels if you’re a male. If you’re a woman, fifty. If you’re a non-Muslim, twenty-five. From Crossroads Arabia last month:
The Price of Camels and a Life
Blood Money or diyya is an Shariah principle that arose to avoid feuds and independent application of lex talionis or retribution. In the case of accidental death, it may be covered by insurance, but for intentional killings, it falls upon the miscreant and his family. The value of blood money has remained static in Saudi Arabia for the past 29 years. It is now being raised to three or four times the old value to keep in line with the changes in its baseline figure: the price of a camel.
The Saudi system still values women’s lives at half that of men and of non-Muslims at only a quarter.
Proposal to raise blood money limit gets royal consent
ARAB NEWS RIYADH: Royal consent has been given to raise the diyyah (blood money) limit for murder to SR400,000 and accidental killings to SR300,000, Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper reported on Tuesday.
The newspaper said the adjustments were requested by the Supreme Court in light of the hikes in the price of camels. According to Shariah rules, the heirs of a murdered person should be compensated with 100 camels.
The new blood money values are expected to be circulated soon.
Blood money values, currently set at SR110,000 for murder and SR100,000 for accidental killings, have been static for the last 29 years. Murdered women are paid half of the amount…
Selling daughters for some sheep
This is the same Islam that prohibits assigning a monetary value in terms of an interest rate (riba) to loans. But the religion has no qualms about assigning a monetary value to people’s lives. Nevertheless, we’re told that Islamic finance is more “ethical” than Western finance.