Zinā or Zināʾ
(1,328 words)

(a.), unlawful sexual intercourse, i.e. intercourse between a man and a woman who are not married to one another nor in a state of lawful concubinage based on ownership (the relationship between the owner and his female slave). The Ḳurʾān disapproved of the promiscuity prevailing at that time in Arabia and forbade e.g. the prostitution of slave girls by their masters (XXIV, 33). Several verses refer to unlawful sexual intercourse. Some of these mention that it is a sin ( fāḥis̲h̲a ) and that it will be punished in the Hereafter (XVII, 32, XXV, 68-9). Most verses, however, d…

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Peters, R., “Zinā or Zināʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 13 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_8168>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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