Diat the law of retaliation among the Mohammedans, the nearest relative of a murdered person having the right to claim the price of blood from the murderer. The directions of the Koran on this subject are as follows: "Retaliation is commanded you in cases of murder — a freeman for a freeman, a slave for a slave, and a woman for a woman. But he who shall pardon a murderer shall obtain mercy from God; and when a man shall have pardoned a murderer, he shall no longer have it in his power to exact retaliation from him."

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