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Adultery and Fornication
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The qurʾānic word zinā (elsewhere more commonly zināʾ) means sexual intercourse outside the institutions of marriage and concubinage. q 17:32 characterizes this behavior as a fāḥisha, i.e. an obscene act of transgression against God from which a Muslim should refrain (cf. q 25:68). These transgressions together with their specified punishment are called ḥudūd (sing. ḥadd, lit. limit, boundary; see boundaries and precepts ) and also include associating others with God and homicide. The Ḥ…

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Abu-Zahra, Nadia, “Adultery and Fornication”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 30 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00004>

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