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Divination
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The art of foretelling the future or discovering hidden knowledge through augury or omen (see omens ). In q 52:29 and 69:42, God reassures his messenger (q.v.) that he is not a kāhin (i.e. a soothsayer; see soothsayers ); in q 36:69 and 69:41, Muḥammad is told that his message is not poetry (see poetry and poets ). Such verses, along with others (e.g. q 21:5 and 52:30) mean to demonstrate that Muḥammad is neither poet nor magician ( sāḥir, siḥr, see magic, prohibition of ), nor possessed by a demon ( majnūn, masḥūr, see insanity ). Whereas these last qualifications were applied to all prev…

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Fahd, T., “Divination”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00123>



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