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The devil, mentioned by name eleven times in the Qurʾān. Given its form, the word is likely a corruption of the Greek diabolos used in Christian writing to denote the adversary of humans, a sense which continues in the Qurʾān. For further discussion, see devil .


Imām Ḥanafī Sayyid ʿAbdallāh, Iblīs fī l-taṣawwur al-islāmī bayna l-ḥaqīqa wa-l-wahm, Cairo 2001 (includes al-Imām Aḥmad b. Yaḥyā [al-Zaydī]'s al-Radd ʿalā masāʾil al-mujbira)

Jeffery, For. vocab., 47-8

W.S. Bodman, Stalking Iblīs. In search of an Islamic theodicy, in A. Neuwirth et al (eds.), Myths, …

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Rippin, Andrew, “Iblīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 27 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00204>

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