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 18 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00065>

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