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Ḳuwwa
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(pl. Ḳuwā ), Arabic term denoting “strength, power”.

1. Lexicographical study. Ibn Sīda defined the word ḳuwwa as the opposite of weakness ( naḳīd al-ḍaʿf ), cf. Ḳurʾān XXX, 54: “It is God who has created you from weakness ( min ḍaʿf ) and who then, after weakness, has given you strength ( ḳuwwa )”. It is thus the concept of strength and of vigour which is paramount. A man is described as ḳawī when he is strong in himself, and as muḳwī when he owns a robust mount. On the other hand, like the word ṭāḳa (which also has the sense of “ability to act”), ḳuwwa denotes a thread which is part of a rope. As …

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Boer, Tj. de and Arnaldez, R., “Ḳuwwa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0553>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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