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Intoxicants
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Substances, generally containing alcohol, the consumption of which causes a state of inebriation. Although Islamic law includes opiates, narcotics and other drugs under the category of “intoxicants,” the qurʾānic terminology is limited to terms for strong drink: sakar ( q 16:67; cf. sukārā, “drunken,” in q 22:2; 4:43); raḥīq (the wine of the righteous in paradise, q 83:25; but the Qurʾān emphasizes that the contents of the cups of paradise will not result in headaches or madness [lā yunzifūna, q 56:19; cf. 37:47]); and the most often attestated term, al- khamr (lit. “wine”), mention…

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Karic, Enes, “Intoxicants”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 09 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00226>



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