Police Under Abbasids

Philip K Hitti in his book “History of the Arabs” (Page 322) referenced Al-Mawardi (Page 417, 418 and 431) regarding the role of police, that worked under the police department called “diwan al-Shurtah”, during the Abbasid caliphate.

Al Mawardi enumerates, among other interesting duties of this prefect of police, the maintenance of the recognised standards of public morality between the two sexes and the chastisement of those who dyed their grey beards black with a view to gaining the favor of the ladies.