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The organs of hearing. The Arabic term used in the Qurʾān for ear is udhun (pl. ādhān), occurring eighteen times in both Meccan and Medinan passages. The ear as anatomical object (see anatomy ) is presented, for example, in q 4:119, where Satan (see devil ) induces superstitious people to slit their cattle's ears; in q 2:19, where fools ( sufahāʾ, q 2:13), upon sighting menacing storm clouds “press their fingers in their ears (ādhān) by reason of the thunderclap, fearing death”; in q 18:11, where God sealed the ears (fa- ḍarabnā ʿalā ādhānihim) of the youths sleeping in the cave for a number o…

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Denny, Frederick Mathewson, “Ears”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00126>

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