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Guardianship
(922 words)

Care and management of the person and/or property of a person deemed incapable of managing his or her own affairs. Although the Qurʾān has no specific term for guardian and nowhere says what kind of relationship (kinship of a certain degree or otherwise) should exist between a guardian and ward, guardianship is nonetheless referred to in several verses. It is understood that (a) minors and (b) women are those who ought to be protected by male, adult guardians (see also children; women and the qurʾān).

The Qurʾān, probably against a background of injustice and violence to which orphans (q.v.…

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Giladi, Avner, “Guardianship”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00181>



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