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Decay, depravity, impurity. The topic of corruption has two general references in the Qurʾān: (1) committing mischievous and depraved deeds that willfully subvert God's order and purposes (see disobedience ); (2) perverting scripture (see scripture and the qurʾān ) so as to mislead and conceal its meanings. The first reference is most often expressed by the Arabic root f-s-d, occurring principally in late Meccan and Medinan passages, e.g. q 2:251: “If God did not check one group of people by means of another, the earth (q.v.) would certainly have been corrupted” (la-fasadati l-arḍ). Th…

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Denny, Frederick Mathewson, “Corruption”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00095>

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