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The latter part and close of the day, evening (ʿishā, ʿashīy) appears in the Qurʾān in both specific and semantically ambiguous ways. Its primary importance is related to worship (q.v.) since evening is specified as one of the obligatory prayer times (see day, times of; prayer). The qurʾānic text, however, shows a great deal of variance regarding the naming and timing of the evening prayer: It is mentioned as dusk ( ghasaq, q 17:78), evening twilight ( shafaq, q 84:16), times during the night (q.v., zulafan mina l-layli, q 11:114) and so forth. In fact, the phrase canonized in Isla…

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Buturovic, Amila, “Evening”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00138>

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