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An obstacle; anything that hinders approach or attack. Both ḥijāb and barzakh (q.v.) are used to denote “barrier” in the Qurʾān. Under this general category of barrier, Ibn al-Jawzī (d. 597/1200) in two cases understands the word ḥijāb to mean a concrete division: he interprets “between the two is a ḥijāb” (baynahum ḥijābun, q 7:46) as a bridge ( sūr) between heaven (q.v.) and hell (q.v.); while he considers the ḥijāb that obstructs Solomon's (q.v.) view (tawārat bi-l-ḥijāb, q 38:32) to be a mountain ( Nuzh…

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Zaki, Mona M., “Barrier”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 19 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00022>

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