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Act or process of questioning; judicial or official questioning before a jury, often with the connotation of pursuit of heresy (q.v.) and the punishment of heretics. Two Arabic roots appear in the Qurʾān with the sense of “inquisition:” the fifth verbal form of f-q-d and the eighth form of m-ḥ-n. Tafaqqada is attested once, at q 27:20, where Solomon (q.v.) searches among the birds for the hoopoe (see animal life ), who finally brings him news of the Queen of Sheba (q.v.; see also bilqīs ). The eighth verbal form of the root m-ḥ-n (whence also miḥna, discussed below) is attested twice ( q 49:3; 60:…

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Nawas, John A., “Inquisition”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 26 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00223>

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