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The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection

Jane Idleman Smith and Yvonne Haddad


Islamic concepts of life after death, reward and punishment, human decision, and divine judgment have always held a certain fascination for Western readers. Recent world events have served only to heighten those interests and to raise new questions about how Muslims understand the developments that are to signal the coming of the day of resurrection, whether martyrs have immediate access to paradise, who are the black‐eyed maidens waiting in paradise for the believers, and who will intercede for communities of Muslims, Christians, and Jews at the final judgment. The text looks at two distinct ... More

Keywords: death, eschatology, heaven, hell, judgment, Qur’an, resurrection, soul, spirit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195156492
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195156498.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Idleman Smith, author
Duncan Black Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
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Yvonne Haddad, author
Georgetown University
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