Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC

The Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online is an encyclopaedic dictionary of qur’ānic terms, concepts, personalities, place names, cultural history and exegesis extended with essays on the most important themes and subjects within qur’ānic studies. The Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online is the first comprehensive, multivolume reference work on the Qur’ān to appear in a Western language.
Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online includes direct access to 62 Early Printed Western Qur’āns Online and the Electronic Qurʾān Concordance, a unique online finding aid for textual research.

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Author(s): Morrison, Robert G.
The time required for the earth to complete a revolution around the sun. ʿĀm and sana, the qurʾānic Arabic words for “year,” raise questions of both meaning and chronology. q 29:14, “1000 years (alf sanatin) save 50 (khamsīn ʿāman),” contains both words and implies their equivalence. Al-Zamakhsharī (d. 538/1144; see exegesis of the qurʾān: classical and medieval ) explains in the Kashshāf that the repetition of the same word should be avoided and that writing “950 years” would require more words. The Qurʾān's phrasing, as opposed to “1000,” also conveyed precision. q 22:47, “a day wit…


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Author(s): Robin, Christian Julien
Name derived from the Arabic al- yaman, which indicates the south of the Arabian peninsula. Etymologically, al-yaman means “the south” and is the opposite of al- shām, “the north” (see syria ). These two words are themselves derived from Arabic terms for right and left. Before Islam there is no evidence of the proper name Yaman in the sources, whether they are internal (the inscriptions of south Arabia) or external, to indicate the country. They refer to the Ḥimyarīs, the tribe which ruled south Arabia from the end of the third century c.e. In the list of titles of the fourth, fifth an…


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