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(a.), light, synonym ḍawʾ , also ḍūʾ and ḍiyāʾ (the latter sometimes used in the plural).

1. Scientific aspects

According to some authors, ḍawʾ (ḍiyāʾ) has a more intensive meaning than nūr (cf. Lane, Arabic-English dictionary, s.v. ḍawʾ); this idea has its foundation in Ḳurʾān, X, 5, where the sun is called (ḍiyāʾ and the moon nūr. The further deduction from this passsage that ḍiyāʾ is used for the light of light-producing bodies (sun) and nūr on the other hand for the reflected light in bodies which do not emit light (moon), is not correct, if we remember the primiti…

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Hartner, W. and Boer, Tj. de, “Nūr”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 11 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0874>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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