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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  see psalms; scripture and the qurʾān Bibliography


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  see almsgiving Bibliography


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Author(s): Kifayat Ullah
Abū l-Qāsim Maḥmūd b. ʿUmar b. Muḥammad b. ʿUmar al-Zamakhsharī Jār Allāh (467-538/1075-1144) was one of the last famous and original Ḥanafī Muʿtazilī scholars, and he made significant contributions in the fields of Arabic linguistics, theology, and Qurʾānic exegesis. He was born on 27 Rajab 467/18 March 1075 in Zamakhshar, a small town in Khwārazm (modern Khiva, Uzbekistan), from which his nisba al-Zamakhsharī is derived. He died on 8 Dhū l-Ḥijja 538/12 June 1144 in Jurjāniyya, the capital of Khurāsān.Al-Zamakhsharī was lame (aʿraj) due to one of his feet having been amputa…
Date: 2017-01-04


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Author(s): Awa, Salwa M.S.
The tree of Zaqqūm, or the cursed tree mentioned four times in the Qurʾān, with three explicit references ( q 37:62; 44:43; 56:52) and one implicit ( q 17:60). Unlike the beautiful trees with clustered fruits in paradise (q.v.; q 69:23), the good tree of “the good word” ( q 14:24) and the heavenly tree of eternity (q.v.) from which Adam and Eve (q.v.) were prohibited to eat ( q 20:120), the tree of Zaqqūm stands out as the ugliest and the most terrifying tree described in the Qurʾān (see trees; agriculture and vegetation). It grows at the bottom of hellfire (see hell and hellfire ), its blossom ( ṭalʿu…

Zayd b. Ḥāritha

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Zayd b. Muḥammad

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Author(s): David S. Powers
Zayd b. Muḥammad, Zayd b. Ḥāritha b. Sharāḥīl al-Kalbī (b. ca. 580, d. 7 or 8 AH/629 CE), is the only Muslim apart from Muḥammad who is mentioned by name in the Qurʾān (Q 33:37). The reference to Zayd in this verse generated a substantial number of narrative reports that are scattered across Qurʾān commentaries, ḥadīth collections, sīra texts, biographical dictionaries, and historical chronicles. When these reports are assembled and arranged in chronological order, there emerges the rich and colourful life of a man who played an important role in the emergence of Islam.Zayd was born a…
Date: 2017-01-04

Zayd b. Thābit

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Zaynab bt. Jaḥsh

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Author(s): El-Awa, Salwa M.S.
Religious and/or political fanaticism. The main qurʾānic stand on zealotry is expressed in q 2:143 where the Muslim community is described as a “community of the middle,” a community that is “in the middle between any two extremes,” thereby assigning to its members the responsibility of maintaining a community that is just and moderate in all its beliefs and practices (Quṭb, Ẓilāl, 130-2; see ¶ moderation ). This characteristic is, according to the exegetes (see exegesis of the qurʾān: classical and medieval ), what makes the Muslim community the “best community” applauded in q 3:110, “…


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Author(s): Marshall, David
The father of John the Baptist (q.v.) in both the Bible and Qurʾān. Zechariah (Zakariyyā) is mentioned in four qurʾānic passages ( q 3:37-44; 6:85 [a passing reference]; 19:2-15; 21:89-90). He is not directly named as a prophet ( nabī) but by implication is included in the collective references to prophets at q 19:58 and prophethood ( nubuwwa) at q 6:89 (see prophets and prophethood ). The qurʾānic story (see narratives ) of Zechariah and John is always linked to that of Mary (q.v.) and Jesus (q.v.). The fullest account of Zechariah occurs at q 19:2-15. There he is portrayed as a pious o…