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Theft
(935 words)

The unlawful taking of another's property (q.v.) entailing, in some cases, a punishment stipulated by the Qurʾān (see also chastisement and punishment; law and the qurʾān; lawful and unlawful; sin, major and minor).

One of the better-known legislative passages in the Qurʾān provides: “As for the thief, whether male or female, for each, cut off the hands in punishment for what they did, as an exemplary punishment ( nakālan) from God” ( q 5:38). The Arabic wa-l-sāriq wa-l-sāriqa fa-qṭaʿū aydiyahumā closely parallels the syntax of another qurʾānic legislative pronouncement co…

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Lowry, Joseph E., “Theft”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00418>



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