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Dayn (debt, liability), in the sense of giving or taking a loan or being indebted to someone (al-Jawharī, 5/2117). The word dayn literally means the balance of a loan or the price owed for a commodity; while the word does not literally apply to a dowry (mahr) or a usurped item of property (ghaṣb), it is also used in Islam…

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Jamshid Shiri and Translated by Alexander Khaleeli, “Dayn”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036110>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180110

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