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Ḳiṣāṣ
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(a.), synonymous with ḳawad , retaliation (“settlement”, not “cutting off” or “prosecution”), according to Muslim law is applied in cases of killing, and of wounding which do not prove fatal, called in the former case ḳiṣāṣ fi ’l-nafs (blood-vengeance) and in the latter ḳiṣāṣ fī-mā dūn al-nafs .

For ḳiṣāṣ among the pagan Arabs see Wellhausen, Reste arabischen Heidentums2 , 186 ff.; Procksch, Über die Blutrache bei den vorislamischen Arabern und Mohammeds Stellung zu ihr; the collection of essays Zum ältesten Strafrecht der Kulturvolker. Fragen zur Rech…

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Schacht, J., “Ḳiṣāṣ”, 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 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4400>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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