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The organ responsible for the circulation of blood. In its singular form ( qalb) the most common Arabic term for ‘heart’ ap- pears 19 times in the Qurʾān, beginning with the second sūra and ending with the 64th. q 33:4 represents its unique occurrence in the dual form of the noun (qalbayn). As a plural (qulūb), however, the term occurs well over 100 times. Textually, the first mention is q 2:7: “God set a seal ( khatama) on their h…

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McAuliffe, Jane Dammen, “Heart”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 09 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00081>

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