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Beating with a rod or whip. Flogging ( jald) is a common punishment in Islamic law (see chastisement and punishment; law and the qurʾān), prescribed both as a ḥadd (i.e. divinely sanctioned) and as a taʿzīr penalty (i.e. at the judge's discretion; see prohibited degrees ). The Arabic term jald is from the root j-l-d, meaning to flog, whip or lash and it appears in the Qurʾān in the form of a command (q.v.) against the culprits (ijlidū at q 24:2 and ijlidūhum at q 24:4). Flogging is the ḥadd punishment prescribed in the Qurʾān for the crimes of fornication ( zināʾ) and false accusation of fornic…

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Siddiqui, Mona, “Flogging”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00157>

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