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DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xix ] A term which in I slam denotes illicit sexual relations and covers the concepts of both adultery and fornication; sexual relations are thus condemned when occurring outside marriage or concubinage. The prescribed penalties are flogging or stoning (with variations in the legal schools and according to the legal status of the two parties), but guilt can only be proved on the evidence of four eyewitnesses. In practice, women considered as erring have often been disposed of by their relatives without recourse to formal law. Sodomy and bestiality are also strongly reprehended. [37 s.v. ; 77: iii ] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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