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Qur'an
(2,496 words)

General

1. The Qur'an (in Ar., al-Qur'ān) is the sacred book of Islam. For Muslim believers, it is the word of the one God, Allah, revealed to the Prophet → Muhammad, ‘in clear Arabic,’ by the Archangel Gabriel. Its content may therefore not be touched. But through the centuries, it has been subject to various interpretations, just as it is today.

Its 114 ‘suras’ (…

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Walther, Wiebke, “Qur'an”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5287_bdr_COM_00379>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223



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