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Left Hand and Right Hand
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The terminal part of each arm, often with connotations of evil and good, respectively (see good and evil; hands). The left hand ( shimāl, pl. shamāʾil, mashʾama) and the right hand ( yamīn, pl. aymān, maymana) appear in the Qurʾān in two contexts: first, the ḥisāb, a record or statement of personal deeds to be given to every person on the day of judgment ( yawm al-dīn, see last judgment; record of human actions); second, the placement of the resurrected (see resurrection ) before they are sent off to either paradise (q.v.) or hell (see hell and hellfire ). In this connection, the left hand …

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Hasson, Isaac, “Left Hand and Right Hand”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00258>

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