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Avoidance of illicit sexual intercourse. Within the Qurʾān, this concept is generally expressed by the Arabic verb aḥṣana, its participles and the verbal noun taḥaṣṣun. The original meaning of the fourth form of the verb is “to protect or preserve something or someone,” in the fifth form “to protect oneself” (Lane, 586). Other verbs used to convey this idea are ḥafiẓa (to protect) and istaʿaffa (to abstain).

The special meaning of the concept can be discerned by a comparison of qurʾānic verses in which the word, its synonyms or antonyms occur. There are transit…

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Motzki, Harald, “Chastity”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00076>

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