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Balīya
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(a.) In pre-Muḥammadan times, a female camel, a mare, or other beast of burden was frequently tethered at the grave of a warrior or noble, and left without food or water till it perished. The original reason for this custom must have been the belief that the dead man at his resurrection from the dead would not have a steed at his disposal, unless one were given him at his death; otherwise he would have to go on foot like the common people. Another tradition mentions that the Balīya might also be a cow, a sheep or a goat and that the animal was slain at the grave. The original symbol of a belief in a…

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Hell, J., “Balīya”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_1286>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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