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Desire or expectation of obtaining what is desired; also trust that a promise or event will come to pass. In the Qurʾān, the term is represented in Arabic by the following roots: r-j-w (twenty-six times), ṭ-m-ʿ (twelve times) and ʾ-m-l (two times). The sense of the term, of course, varies with the context. For example, the root ʾ-m-l is used both in the sense of a delusional hope in opposition to the will of God ( q 15:3) and in the sense of the hope of reward to be had from the performance of good deeds (q.v.; q 18:46). Ṭ-m-ʿ is used diversely, as hope for forgiveness (q.v.; q 26:51, 82), the desire to b…

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McDonough, Sheila, “Hope”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00196>

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