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Rules for the division of wealth (q.v.) among the heirs of a deceased Muslim man or woman.

Traditional Islamic perspective

Traditional Islamic sources indicate that the intergenerational transmission of property by means of a last will and testament ( waṣiyya) was a common procedure prior to the rise of Islam and during the Meccan period (see pre-islamic arabia and the qurʾān ).

The emigration (q.v.; hijra ) to Medina (q.v.) in 1/622 necessitated certain …

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Powers, David Stephan, “Inheritance”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00092>

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