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The organ of sight. The human eye, both as anatomical object and as capacity for physical sight or mental apprehension, is frequently encountered in the qurʾānic text, with examples from all chronological periods (see chronology and the qurʾān ), most often with respect to human beings but occasionally, also, as anthropomorphic characterizations of divine capacity (see anthropomorphism ). The most frequently used Arabic roots are ʿ-y-n, producing the forms ʿayn, pl. ʿuyūn and aʿyun, “eye(s),” and ʿīn, “wide-eyed female”; and b-ṣ-r, producing baṣar, pl. abṣār, “sight, eyesight, …

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Denny, Frederick Mathewson, “Eyes”, 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_00141>

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