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ʿAqīqa is a custom associated with welcoming a newborn into the community. It is also performed for protection and purification of the child. The rituals associated with ʿaqīqa are complex and generally consist of several elements: the adhān; the taḥnīk, or rubbing of the palate with sweet things; the application of ointments and massage; salting the baby; shaving the baby’s hair; naming the child; the sacrifice of an animal and anointing with its blood or a substitute; and a communal meal. These activities may be conducted on the th…

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Aubaile-Sallenave, Françoise, “ʿAqīqa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 18 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_SIM_0249>
First published online: 2007
First print edition: 9789004161641, 2007, 2007-3

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