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Day and Night
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Alternation between light (q.v.) and darkness (q.v.) due to the rotation of the earth upon its axis. The numerous references in the Qurʾān to day and night (al- nahār wa-l-layl) fall under four general themes. First, the phenomenon of day and night itself, or aspects of it, is frequently presented as a sign ( āya, see signs ), lesson ( ʿibra) or expression of God's mercy (q.v.) for the wise to note and remember. The other related aspects of the phenomenon of day and night include their alteration ( ikhtilāf), succession, covering up one by the other and stripping off one from the other (yūliju, ya…

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Dallal, A., “Day and Night”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00105>



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