Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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Soiling or corrupting. It is perhaps surprising to find that the Qurʾān has no concept of contamination per se, in contrast, for example, to the Pentateuch which is very much concerned with the concept. There is no qurʾānic equivalent of Leviticus 15:19 which stipulates that ‘when a woman has a discharge of blood which is her regular discharge from her body, she shall be in her impurity for seven days, and whoever touches her shall be unclean until the evening.’ There are items to be avoided, events and substances that leave one ritually disabled, but in the qurʾānic text …

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Reinhart, A. Kevin, “Contamination”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00091>

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