Archive of Islamic State Administrative Documents: Specimen, Childbirth Operations
17 February 2015
By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
My recent series on IS administration in Ninawa province focused on
education, public services and religious life using numerous specimen IS
administrative documents from that province. This post aims to provide an
archive of similar translated IS documents in other provinces, and will be
Specimen A: Childbirth Operations in Deir az-Zor Province
State of the Caliphate
In view of what the land is going through from difficult circumstances
including the debilitation of souls from the exploitation of their Muslim
brothers, in order to assist the believers from the sons of Islam who are
working in the medical corps to support their brothers from the poor and
others besides them from the Muslim populace, and with the desire to keep the
course of medical work removed from arbitrary whim, the Diwan al-Siha [health
administration/department], after consideration and examination of medical
work in the field concerning women [gynaecology etc.] has decided on the
1. Fixing of the price of Caesarean childbirth operations to 15000 Syrian
2. Fixing of the price of normal childbirth operations to 10500 Syrian
3. This includes keeping the child in the hospital for 12 hours after birth
Note: This is to be considered as tantamount to a written order and all who
contravene it will be held accountable in the Dar al-Qaḍa [IS judiciary] with
2 Muharram 1436 AH
26 October 2014
General Medical Official
Specimen B: Landline Telephone Subscriptions in Deir az-Zor Province
Islamic Administration for Public Services
Phone connection: Number 035
Date: 14/11 [14 November 2014].
The sum receipt has been completed: 400 Syrian pounds [per month]*
And that is to meet support for connections' services.
Name of subscriber: ...
Subscriber's number: ...
[Signatures]: Office official; Service official
NB: For comparison, landline subscriptions according to Northern Storm's
spokesman [Azaz area] cost $2 a month (around 365 Syrian pounds). The
landline subscription generally only works for local landline connections.
Specimen C: Fishing Regulations (Agricultural Department): Deir az-Zor
As a result of the lack of oversight over the abundance of fish, paucity of
awareness, and the greed and ambition of some of the fishermen and their
audacity in carrying out fishing in ways that are illegal and harmful to the
life of the people, the fish and the river environment.
The Islamic State has decided on the following:
1. The use of electric current in hunting fish is forbidden because it leads
to extermination of many river/water creatures as well as congenital
disfigurement for small fish and other river creatures.
2. No fishing with use of explosive materials, dynamite and the like.
3. No fishing with use of toxins and other chemical substances because that
leads to the death of all the creatures of fish and others besides them, as
well as poisoning people who obtain food from them.
4. No fishing at a time of proliferation of the fish and river/water
creatures because that leads to the prevention of the proliferation of the
fish and the killing of their eggs, which constitutes a threat to the
abundance of fish.
We ask all who come upon this decision to be bound by it for it is in the
interest of the Islamic State and the Muslims in the totality.
Specimen D: Regulations for Pharmacies in Deir az-Zor Province (only
preserved in indirect testimony)
Da3esh [IS] insists that all pharmacies operating in Deir az-Zor province
must provide the medical administration in the province (Wilayat al-Kheir)
with a number of statements including the provision of a degree for the
pharmacist; further, it is required that anyone who works in the pharmacy
must have a degree of a medical/health institute (pharmacy division) and he
is responsible for any mistake that happens in the pharmacy with no provision
of anaesthetics, menstrual drugs or prohibited medications except by doctor's
Further, it has been imposed on pharmacy owners that their profits cannot
exceed 20%. They must also bring a document from the Diwan al-Zakat to
indicate that payment has been fulfilled. Whoever does not possess those
statements will have his pharmacy shut for a period of a month from the date
of the decision. Whosoever contravenes will be held accountable in the Dar
al-Qaḍa al-Shari'i with attendant consequence.
[5 November 2014]
Specimen E: Prayer Times in Deir az-Zor City (Diwan al-Awqaf wa al-Da'wa wa
(Diwan al-Awqaf wa al-Da'wa wa al-Masajid)
We remind the Muslims under the shadow of the Islamic State that the time
standard authorized for the call to prayer, prayer and the rest of the
proceedings is the old time standard ('summer') so please observe this
directive by order of the general committee for the Islamic State.
[statement emerged in late November 2014].