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Hypocrites and Hypocrisy
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Those who feign to be what they are not; the act or practice of such people. “Hypocrites” is the word generally used to translate the qurʾānic term munāfiqūn, the active participle of the third form of the root n-f-q. Its verbal noun, nifāq, is usually translated as “hypocrisy,” even though this does not cover the full range of meanings conveyed by the Arabic term as used in the Qurʾān. The hyp…

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Adang, Camilla P., “Hypocrites and Hypocrisy”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00089>

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