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Esteem due or paid to worth; manifestation of respect, or the good reputation which merits such respect. Several Arabic terms convey or assume this key qurʾānic concept. The root ʿ-z-z may denote the honor that ensues from the possession of power and strength; thus God is al- ʿAzīz (e.g. q 36:5) as is Joseph's (q.v.) patron in Egypt (q.v.; q 12:30). The root k-r-m may imply an honor expressed by generosity (see gift-giving; virtues and vices), so that q 17:70, karramnā banī ādam, may be translated as “We have honored Adam's (see adam and eve ) progeny.” God's provision ( rizq) and reward ( ajr) a…

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Winter, Timothy, “Honor”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00195>

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