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Act of fabricating or producing falsely. Forgery is connoted in several qurʾānic concepts. Re-writing sacred scripture, either the Qurʾān or the scriptures of the Jews and Christians, is covered by two Arabic terms ( taḥrīf, tabdīl). These or their cognates convey the charge that Jews and Christians distorted revealed scripture before the Qurʾān (see scripture and the qurʾān; jews and judaism; christians and christianity). Also, within the Islamic tradition, various sectarian groups have charged that there were additions and deletions to the Qurʾān. Finall…

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Newby, Gordon Darnell, “Forgery”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 10 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00160>

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