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Ascribing human attributes to God. Tashbīh, the term most commonly rendered in English as “anthropomorphism,” does not appear in the Qurʾān with that meaning. The second form of the root sh-b-h appears only once, in the passive voice, in reference to Jesus' death: “They did not kill him nor did they crucify him, but it appeared to [Jesus' followers that they had]” ( q 4:157). The sixth form occurs nine times, predominantly denoting “likeness,” as in q 2:70: “T…

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Martin, Richard C., “Anthropomorphism”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00012>

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