Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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The interment of the body after death and accompanying practices involving the preparation of the body, its transportation to a cemetery, mourning, and erection of tombstones and mortuary buildings. In Islam, burial and its attendant preparations are the method prescribed for disposing of the dead. Islamic burial rituals ( janāʾiz) normally require four elements: washing the body, shrouding, funeral prayers, and prompt burial with the face oriented towards the Kaʿba (q.v.) in Mecca. They are discussed most fully in Islamic legal literature ( fiqh) and in modern ethnographies. …

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Campo, Juan Eduardo, “Burial”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 05 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00065>

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