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Muslim soldiers who fought during the initial expansion of the Islamic empire were placed on a register called the Diwan, which gave annual pensions from the treasury. This system was used rather then redistributing conquered lands. This eventually put a large strain of the government economically.
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ian: It was also a key component to making distinctions between the Muslims since it was an inherited status at first. Most importantly it was an effort to keep the soldiers from engaging in productive activities such as agriculture or trade in order to reserve them more military operations and make them less tied to place.