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Production of milk for nursing a child; the act of nursing a child. q 2:233, 4:23 and 65:6, all dating (according to Bell) from the Medinan period (see chronology and the qurʾān ), lay the foundations of an Islamic “ethics of breastfeeding” (the Arabic terms for which utilize derivatives of the triliteral root r-ḍ-ʿ). In the Medinan sūra q 22:2, nurses (kull murḍiʿa) and nurslings (mā arḍaʿat) are mentioned in an eschatological context (see eschatology ); the qurʾānic story of Moses' (q.v.) infancy (the Medinan q 28:7, 12) includes references to nursing and wet nurses ( marāḍiʿ); and, fina…

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Giladi, Avner, “Lactation”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 20 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00253>

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