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Killing or injuring human life (q.v.). The Qurʾān bans bloodshed (safk al- dimāʾ), but it is specifically mentioned in the Qurʾān only twice ( q 2:30, 84). Nevertheless, there are numerous less-specific references to this concept, just as there are in its biblical antecedents (see the numerous and thematically diverse biblical references cited in A. Khoury, Der Koran, i, 223). Furthermore, the qurʾānic accounts of human creation use blood as a metaphor for life (see blood and blood clot; biology as the creation and stages of life). God is said to have created man of a clay of molded mud ( ṣalṣā…

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Günther, Sebastian, “Bloodshed”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00056>

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