Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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al-Wāḳiʿa
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(a.), the name of Sūra lvi. The title “the befalling, suddenly happening” which is the subject of the first verse is generally taken to refer to the ḳiyāma (q. v. where the word is translated “the event”) or sāʿa, both periphrases for the Day of Judgment. The content of the Sūra is in keeping with this. Opinions differ as to the date of its origin. Nöldeke and Schwally put it in the first Meccan period but add that Ḥasan al-Baṣrī regards it as Medlnese. That some verses are Medlnese seems to be generally acknowledged in tradition wh…

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Plessner, M., “al-Wāḳiʿa”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 19 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_5947>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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