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Celibacy: Overview
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By celibacy is meant the non-contraction of a legally and socially recognized union between a man and a woman. It is common knowledge that Islam, as religion and ethos, considers celibacy reprehensible, especially in light of the Catholic tradition that views it as a sine qua non condition for priestly office, for instance, and as a recommended type of behavior in general. The concept of original sin does not evoke the same charge in Islam as it does in Christianity. Such a “tacit” comparison sh…

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Bargach, Jamila, “Celibacy: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0161>
First published online: 2009

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