land commons / musha‘

  • Beschreibung von Philip Rizk

    Musha’ is the Arabic term for land commons. Unlike private property, in the case of musha’, the land belongs to a community, a community that can grow and shrink, and land allotments were usually redistributed to all members every 2-5 years. In Britain it took the rulers 300 years to destroy the commons, and outlaw those surviving from them. After the First World War it took the colonizing British and French less than 50 years to do so in their newly occupied lands (Esther Kingston-Mann, 2006, p.120).