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Before Islam:  Mesopotamia

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The Law Code of Hammurabi

The Law Code of Hammurabi

This is a plaster cast (or reproduction) of an original stela (made of diorite) in the collection of the Musée du Louvre, Paris. The original stela was one of several copies of the laws produced during the reign of King Hammurabi of Babylon (1792-1750 BCE). On the top of the stela, Hammurabi is portrayed receiving the emblems of rulership from the god of justice, the sun-god Shamash.

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