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Date Palm
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Phoenix dactylifera, a widely-cultivated tree of great economic importance in the Middle East: nakhl (collective noun), nakhīl (plural), and nakhla (nomen unitatis). These forms appear in the Qurʾān a total of nineteen times.

The date palm is mentioned in two general contexts. The first is as one of the signs (q.v.) of God's munificence towards his creation, occurring often with the olive and the grape, e.g. q 6:99; 16:11; 80:29. The second is in a metaphorical sense, likening God's punishment of sin (see sin, major and minor; chastisement and punishment) to the “uprooted trunks of…

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Waines, David, “Date Palm”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00104>

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