Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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Opposition to authority. Whether the Qurʾān has anything to say on the subject of rebellion and political violence (q.v.; see also politics and the qurʾān ) is not an issue that can easily be resolved by reference to the text of the Qurʾān alone. Although the Qurʾān does not seem to address the issue explicitly, classical Muslim jurists (see law and the qurʾān ) argued that particular verses in the Qurʾān were intended to guide legal determinations regarding rebellion, or what is known as the problem of al- khurūj ʿalā l-ḥākim, “disobeying and rebelling against the ruler” (see disobedience; k…

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El Fadl, Khaled Abou, “Rebellion”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00352>

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