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Artery and Vein [Supplement 2016]
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The only Qurʾānic reference to the artery and vein, vessels that carry blood to and from the heart, is the word warīd, usually translated as “jugular vein,” which is found in Q 50:16: “We are nearer to him than his jugular vein.” The verse’s message is clear: just as human life is dependent upon this vein, so human existence is dependent upon God. Severing the jugular vein was the traditional form of execution in Islamic law, as it is currently in Saudi Arabia and some other Middle Eastern countries (Peifer); addi…

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Earle H. Waugh, “Artery and Vein [Supplement 2016]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050510>
First published online: 2016

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