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Hides and Fleece
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The skins and fur of animals. There is only one qurʾānic passage referring to hides and fleece ( q 16:80): “God has appointed for you from your tents ( buyūt, lit. “houses”) a rest, and from the skins of the cattle( julūd al-anʿām) he has appointed for you houses which are light for you on the day you strike them and the day you set them up, and from their wools ( aṣwāf) and their furs ( awbār) and their hair ( ashʿār), furnishings and comfort for a season.” (Only these animal products will be discussed in the following. Human skin, to which the Qurʾān refers in connection with hell's fire [cf. q 4:56; 22:2…

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Eisenstein, Herbert, “Hides and Fleece”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00191>

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