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A sense of superiority which manifests itself in an overbearing manner. Acting arrogantly or insolently has different connotations in reference to God and his creatures. In the case of God, the creator of the whole universe and the supreme authority on heaven and earth, his expression of his superiority is devoid of any negative connotation. “The Great” (al-kabīr) is mentioned six times in the Qurʾān as one of God's attributes; five times in association with “the Supreme” (al-ʿalī, q 4:34; 22:62; 31:30; 34:23; 40:12) and once with “the Exalted” (al- mutaʿāl, q 13:9). The Qurʾān specif…

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Zayd, Nasr Abu, “Arrogance”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00032>

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