Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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A religious and cultural construction, including prescribed, proscribed, and suggested behaviors and practices relating to women and/or men. Although there is no qurʾānic term for “gender” as such, both “gender-specific” and non-gendered (i.e. the enunciation of principles pertaining to all human beings) language pervade the qurʾānic text. (Another word that is absent from the Qurʾān is the biological term “sex” [see sex and sexuality ]. The common, contemporary term al- jins did not exist in Arabic at the time of the Qurʾān's origins but appeared later as a loanw…

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Badran, Margot, “Gender”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00167>

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