Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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The principles or practice of people who engage in rigorous self-discipline, abstinence and austerity for the sake of spiritual or intellectual discipline. The Arabic term zuhd — not found in the Qurʾān — has usually been translated as “asceticism” but would be better rendered as “renunciation of the world.” Another Arabic word that does not appear in the Qurʾān, nask (also vocalized as nusk and nusuk), which designates the pious lifestyle …

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Baldick, Julian, “Asceticism”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 05 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00020>

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