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Country in the north-east corner of Africa. Egypt or its capital, Miṣr, occurs by name five times in the Qurʾān, once in oblique form according to most readings ( qirāʾāt, see readings of the qurʾān ). The word Miṣr is mentioned in q 2:61, 10:87, 12:21, 12:99 and 43:51. Egypt also appears in the Qurʾān as the kingdom of Pharaohs ( q 43:51; see pharaoh ); the country where Joseph (q.v.; Yūsuf) became viceroy, like his patron (al- ʿazīz, q 12:78, 88), after having been a slave and then coming …

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Hasson, Isaac, “Egypt”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00053>

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