Evil eye
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Evil eye (chashm-zakhm, ʿayn, naẓar), harm which, according to popular belief, is caused by admiring or envious looks or praise directed at a person, animal, plant, or other object by  friends, acquaintances or enemies. It is popularly believed that many deaths, ailments, and other natural events, such as trees failing to bear fruit or the drying up of milk in human beings or in ca…

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Ali A. Bulookbashi, “Evil eye”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 19 July 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036127>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110



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