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Understanding the Impact of Plague Epidemics on the Muslim Mind during the Early Medieval Period

Department of Humanities, Lahore Campus, COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad 54000, Pakistan
Academic Editors: Brannon Wheeler and Enzo Pace
Religions 2021, 12(10), 843; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100843
Received: 11 August 2021 / Revised: 20 September 2021 / Accepted: 23 September 2021 / Published: 8 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Islamic Origins)
Diseases and viruses have always been a part of human history. In present, due to the frightening rise of the coronavirus globally, many people are understandably concerned about protecting themselves. According to Islam, as the religion is perceived by the majority of Muslims today, it is not only important to care for yourself, safeguarding larger communities and the most helpless is also of great importance. This study briefly surveyed the history of plague epidemics in the Muslim world, highlighting how Muslims throughout history, including the Prophet Muhammad and his companions, responded to the spread of contagious diseases, the strategies that were adopted for protection during outbreaks, and how these actions influenced modern-day responses to diseases by Muslim countries. Keeping in view the current international COVID-19 scenario, that is an unprecedentedly serious pandemic, it is high time to investigate the religions’ guidelines about contagious diseases and the adopted strategies used for protection during outbreaks in Muslim history. Furthermore, an analytical approach, along with a qualitative research methodology, was applied in this study to reach objective conclusions. The article concluded that religion can provide comprehensive guidelines relating to preventive and restorative aspects of health, and that these guidelines, in their original form, still remain applicable in terms of responding to epidemic outbreaks. View Full-Text
Keywords: Islām; epidemic; contagious diseases; Muslim empire; history; wabāʾ; tāʿūn; plague Islām; epidemic; contagious diseases; Muslim empire; history; wabāʾ; tāʿūn; plague
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Mehfooz, M. Understanding the Impact of Plague Epidemics on the Muslim Mind during the Early Medieval Period. Religions 2021, 12, 843. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100843

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Mehfooz M. Understanding the Impact of Plague Epidemics on the Muslim Mind during the Early Medieval Period. Religions. 2021; 12(10):843. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100843

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Mehfooz, Musferah. 2021. "Understanding the Impact of Plague Epidemics on the Muslim Mind during the Early Medieval Period" Religions 12, no. 10: 843. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel12100843

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