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Those who live in one house or share a common lineage. While several qurʾānic terms can be understood as referring to family, it is impossible to distinguish, on the basis of terminology alone, between household and biological family, or between one type or another of the latter (e.g. core, compound, joint or extended family; cf. Smith, Family).

Āl (Lane, 127) at q 15:59 and 61 (the family of Lot [q.v.]; Bell, i, 246); 3:11 and 8:54 (the family of Pharaoh [q.v.]; Bell, i, 45, 167) may mean either household or (in the case of Pharaoh) followers. Āl Ibrāhīm (the family of Abraham [q.v.]) at q 4:54 …

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Giladi, Avner, “Family”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00148>

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