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Humour [Supplement 2016]
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Humour is anything that pertains, or appeals, to the sense of the ludicrous, absurdly incongruous, or comic. In its relation to the Qurʾānic revelation humour has two major aspects: first, whether there is any humour in the Qurʾān and, if so, how it is constituted; secondly, whether the Qurʾān occurs in or is the object of indigenous Islamic jocular literature (see literature and the Qurʾān).

The issue of humour in the Qurʾān relates to wider discussions of whether scripture can contain humour. In the Islamic case, moreover, the issue also concerns the ques…

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Ulrich Marzolph, “Humour [Supplement 2016]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050501>
First published online: 2016

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