chapter  3
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RELIGIOUS FOUNDATIONS OF JUSTICE AND INHERITANCE

This chapter explains the primary religious doctrines which lay down the moral rules of justice, inheritance and caring for the poor, and the consequences of their violation. After making some general remarks, I identify the relevant norms and trace the moral foundations both of wealth accumulation through inheritance arrangements and of the transfer of personal income to the poor. This is followed by an explanation of the increasing confrontation between secular states and organized religious groups, with examples from Egypt and Iran.