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Flying [Supplement 2016]
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Flying means moving through the air with or as if with wings. The concept of flying appears in a variety of forms in the Qurʾān. Perhaps the closest reference to motion through the air is that of the flying mountain (cf. Q 2:63-93; 4:154) that rose into the air and hovered over the heads of the Children of Israel to compel them to keep the covenant. A related notion, that of propulsion through the air from one place to another, is associated with the isrāʾ and miʿrāj (Q 17:1), the night journey (see ascension) of the Prophet from Mecca to Jerusalem, and thence to Paradise. This motif…

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Earle H. Waugh, “Flying [Supplement 2016]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050515>
First published online: 2016

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