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Representations: Qurʾān: Overview
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The Qurʾān clearly distinguishes between male and female, assigning specific categories and roles to both men and women. Verses in the Qurʾān also stipulate regulations and authorization for sexual relations between certain people and in certain circumstances.


Throughout the Qurʾān, people are classified and addressed according to different sorts of criteria including religion, economic status, genealogy, gender, and sexual practices. In the Qurʾān, me…

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Wheeler, Brannon, “Representations: Qurʾān: Overview”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0636>
First published online: 2009

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