George Archer is a professorial lecturer at Georgetown University, where he received his doctorate. He was recently appointed assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Iowa State University. He is the author of several articles on the Qurʾān and early Islam.
For believers in a resurrection of the body, there arises the question of what happens after death but before the Last Day: the intermediate state. For most Muslims, the intermediate state is the barzakh. It is a fantastical and frightening time in the grave. The present study will examine where the belief in the barzakh comes from through a study of the Qur'an.
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