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In the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth

Given the natural fears and rituals surrounding death, it is not surprising that the Qurʾān, as a book of guidance and instruction, should pay so much attention to the place of death in human life. Perhaps more than any other religion, Islam provides graphic details of what comes after death, in terms of the Day of Resurrection (yawm al-qiyāma) and the afterlife (maʿād, ākhira), beginning with the soul’s sojourn in the Isthmus (barzakh, q.v.) up until its Final Judgement and entry into Paradis…

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Faramarz Haj Manouchehri and with revisions by Stephen Hirtenstein, “Death”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 17 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2017

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