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    Zina

    Unlawful sexual intercourse; fornication or adultery. A criminal offense in Islamic law for which the Quran prescribes three possible punishments: stoning to death, whipping, or exile. Zina must be established by the testimony of four adult male witnesses of established character and integrity. There is considerable disagreement as to the conditions under which the prescribed punishments may be waived. Historically, these sentences have been rarely applied, though stonings have occurred in late-twentieth-century Afghanistan, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, and Sudan. The Quran also mandates eighty lashes for one who falsely accuses another of zina and who fails to produce four witnesses to the alleged incident.

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