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Blood and Blood Clot [Supplement 2016]
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Blood refers to the fluid which circulates in the arteries and veins (see artery and vein) of animals and a blood clot is a coagulated mass of this fluid. In the Qurʾān, the terms blood and blood clot do not refer primarily to concrete, physical, internal aspects of the body as they do in contemporary western cultures; indeed, the two terms function quite differently than one might expect.

Except for one verse (Q 16:66), blood (dam, pl. dimāʾ) is always laden with a significance beyond its identity as the essential ingredient of living creatures. Thus, blood is a …

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Earle H. Waugh, “Blood and Blood Clot [Supplement 2016]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050512>
First published online: 2016

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