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The terminal part of the arm; also, figuratively, control or agency. The hand, in both its literal and symbolic senses, is most often expressed in the Qurʾān by the Arabic yad (dual yadān, pl. aydī), with some 119 occurrences, found in all chronological periods of revelation (see chronology and the qurʾān ). (The expression bayna yaday, “between two hands,” as in q 36:12 [cf. 36:45, bayna aydīkum, “between your (pl.) hands”], means “before, in front of, in the presence of.”) Another term, kaff, is encountered only twice, with reference to one who futilely stretches out his hands to water (q.…

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Denny, Frederick Mathewson, “Hand(s)”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 21 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00185>

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