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Hidden and the Hidden
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Secret or mysterious matters and objects. The dialectics of “revealed” and “hidden” — of matters that can be known by all and matters that are known only to God, who at his discretion may share some of them with his elect (see election ) — is an essential part of the theology of the Qurʾān (see revelation and inspiration ). As with other theological issues dealt with in the Qurʾān, however, the view of “the hidden” reflected therein is not uniform. In qurʾānic parlance “the hidden” is usually termed ghayb, meaning “absence” — that is, a thing or things absent from human knowledge an…

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Bar-Asher, Meir M., “Hidden and the Hidden”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 08 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00190>

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