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Circumcision
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Male Circumcision

Male circumcision is a type of surgery which includes cutting and removing the prepuce (ghulfa, qulfa = the wrinkled skin cap or cover) at the end of the penis and making a slit or cut underneath it. Circumcision is also called sunnat (tradition) and taṭhīr (purification) in Iran.

The word khitān (circumcision) is Arabic from the root kh-t-n. From these root letters, Arabic derives the following words: ‘khatan’, meaning father-in-law, brother-in-law, son-in-law (daughter’s husband and sister’s husband) …

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Ali A. Bulookbashi and Translated by Pouyan Shahidi Marnani, “Circumcision”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 04 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_05000092>
First published online: 2021



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