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The front part of the head, including the eyes (q.v.), cheeks, nose, mouth, forehead and chin. The Arabic term for face (wajh, pl. wujūh) in the Qurʾān is generally applied to the face of human beings, seventy-two times across all chronological periods (see chronology and the qurʾān ), but is also used less frequently to refer to the face of God (q.v.), eleven times in such constructions as “the face of God(wajh Allāh), “his face” (wajhuhu) and “the face of your lord” ( wajh rabbika). Depending on context and purpose, the term may also be rendered as countenance, essence, being, will, favor, ho…

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Denny, Frederick Mathewson, “Face”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 26 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00144>

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