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Prohibited Degrees
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The various categories of persons a man may not marry. These are most completely laid out in q 4:22-4, which read:

And marry not women whom your fathers married, except what is past… Prohibited to you are your mothers, daughters, sisters, father's sisters, mother's sisters, brother's daughters, sister's daughters, foster-mothers (see wet nursing; lactation), foster-sisters, your wives' mothers, your step-daughters under your guardianship who are from women to whom you have gone in… wives of your natural sons, two sisters in wedlock at one and the …

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Weiss, Bernard, “Prohibited Degrees”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00342>



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