Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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An Arabic theological and literary term for the matchless nature of the qurʾānic discourse (Ar. iʿjāz al-Qurʾān). Although “inimitability” (iʿjāz) is not attested in the Qurʾān, it has a qurʾānic cognate, the fourth form verb aʿjazahu, “he found him to be without strength, or power, or ability; it frustrated his power or ability” (cf. Lane); aʿjaza and various derived forms occu…

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Martin, Richard C., “Inimitability”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00093>

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