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Choice or appointment by God of an individual or community, thereby designated to carry out or fulfill a task, assume a position of authority (q.v.) or pursue a mission or special purpose, especially that of conveying God's revelation. Related qurʾānic notions also include “choice” in the sense of the best and “divine will” in terms of God's will to choose. What is noteworthy is the connection of the qurʾānic concept of election to divine inspiration and revelation (see revelation and inspiration ).

In the Qurʾān and in later literature, three different Arabic roots are used …

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Brinner, William M., “Election”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00128>

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