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Agunah

Agunah  

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A woman bound or ‘chained’ either to a missing husband or to one who refuses to divorce her. In Jewish law the State cannot intervene to grant a couple a divorce. The only way a married woman can ...
Babatha

Babatha  

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The owner of an archive of personal documents found in the Judaean desert. Babatha was a Jewish woman who lived in the province of Arabia in the first half of ...
birth control

birth control  

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Any method that is used to reduce births, including celibacy, delayed marriage, contraception, and sterilization. See also family planning.
celibacy

celibacy  

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It is a high religious obligation to marry and have children (see PROCREATION, MARRIAGE, and BIRTH-CONTROL), so that the question of whether it is religiously proper to be celibate is really a ...
Gospel of St Mark

Gospel of St Mark  

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Papias states that the Gospel was written by St Mark, who drew his information from St Peter. Later tradition connects the Gospel with Rome. It may have been written by John Mark (see the previous ...
homa

homa  

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Specifically, the act of making an oblation to the gods (devas) by pouring ghī into the sacrificial fire. Generally, any oblation of cooked food; more generally still, any oblation or sacrifice.
incest

incest  

Prohibited sexual intercourse between close relatives. See also incest taboo, genetic sexual attraction. [From Latin incestus incest, from in- not+castus chaste or pure]
ketubbah

ketubbah  

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Jewish marriage document. The ketubbah sets out the financial obligations of the husband towards the wife. In the event of a divorce, it is stated that the woman will be given a certain amount of ...
Khatrī

Khatrī  

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(cognate, ‘Kshatriya’).A Pañjābī zāt (caste). Gurū Nānak was born to a Hindu Khatrī family and married a Khatrī wife according to caste practice. Many Khatrī Sikhs are sahajdhārī, and marriage with ...
Lāvān

Lāvān  

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(Pañjābī, ‘reverent circumambulation of sacred fire or scriptures’).For Hindus this refers to the central marriage rite in which bride and groom, linked by a scarf, walk clockwise around the ...
Mahr

Mahr  

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Dowry paid by a husband to his wife. Becomes the property of the wife to spend, save, or invest as she pleases, although in some countries it is often taken by the bride's family. Can be either money ...
Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead  

(1901–1978)US anthropologist noted for her studies of preliterate societies and her work on the role of culture in character development.Mead studied psychology at Barnard College, where she ...
monasticism

monasticism  

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Christian monasticism is motivated by a desire to seek God through Christ by a life of asceticism and prayer; Christian monks and nuns believe themselves to have a personal call from God to lead the ...
Mubaraah

Mubaraah  

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A form of divorce in which the wife comes before a judge and forsakes all her financial rights in return for divorce. The financial rights may include the dowry she has already received from her ...
Mutah

Mutah  

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Private and verbal marriage contract between a man and an unmarried woman for a specified period of time; a temporary marriage. A pre-Islamic tradition that still has legal sanction among Twelver ...
polygamy

polygamy  

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[Ge]A form of marriage in which a person may have two or more spouses simultaneously.
Purity

Purity  

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The avoidance of ritual contamination. Important to the Hebrews, for impurity effectively prevented much religious and social activity. Impurity could be ‘caught’ by contact with the dead, from ...
Radd

Radd  

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To send back or take back; to refute or respond. In Islamic law, it most often refers to taking back a repudiated wife. A new contract or dowry is not necessary as long as the radd takes place during ...
rites of passage

rites of passage  

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A ceremony or event marking an important stage in someone's life, especially birth, initiation, marriage, and death. The term is a translation of French rite de passage, coined by Arnold van Gennep ...
Ritual of Marriage

Ritual of Marriage  

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From about 344 fragments that have been ascribed to this scroll, Ritual of Marriage (4Q502), only seven display more than a few lines of running text. The language is Hebrew ...

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