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Birth Control
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[German Version]

I. Religious Studies – II. Ethics – III. Islam

I. Religious Studies

The notion that birth can be understood, not as a “natural” but a “cultural” process includes, among other things, what we today call birth control. Whether and how a child is accepted into the framework of human society is, thus, not least the object of a – both socially (or religiously) and individually determined – decision. This decision depends on the resources, the social environs of the parents, the gender of the child, etc. In most…

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Stolz, Fritz, Reiter, Johannes and Badry, Roswitha, “Birth Control”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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