Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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There is probably no word more important to the understanding of the Qurʾān than kitāb and yet its meaning is far more complex than the simple and almost universal translation “book” would seem to imply. The Qurʾān uses the word 261 times, not only in describing itself but also in referring to earlier scriptures and to various other means God employs in dealing with creation (q.v.). …

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Madigan, Daniel, “Book”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 09 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00027>

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