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Infanticide
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The murder of an infant. As referred to in the Qurʾān, infanticide ( waʾd) connotes the act of burying alive, and it means the killing of an unwanted infant, usually a girl, by the simple expedient of burying her soon after birth. The termination of the life of a helpless child (see children ) is condemned in Islamic law as prohibited and inexcusable (see prohibited degrees; law and the qurʾān), and in passages referring to infanticide, the Qurʾān affirms the sanctity of life.

Female infanticide was common enough among the pre-Islamic Arabs to be assigned a specific term, waʾd (see pre-islamic…

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Bowen, Donna Lee, “Infanticide”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 26 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00221>



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