Nikāḥ
(10,105 words)

(a.), marriage (properly, sexual intercourse, but already in the Ḳurʾān used exclusively of the contract of marriage). In the present article, marriage is dealt with as a legal institution; for marriage customs, see ʿurs .

I. In Classical Islamic Law

1. The essential features of the Muslim law of marriage go back to the customary law of the Arabs which previously existed. In this, although there were differences according to districts and the conditions of the indi…

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Schacht, J., Layish, A., Shaham, R., Ansari, Ghaus, Otto, J.M., Pompe, S., Knappert, J. and Boyd, Jean, “Nikāḥ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0863>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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