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Insolence and Obstinacy
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Gross disrespect and unyielding adherence to an idea. Understanding “insolence” as an attitude or character flaw that leads to obstinate rejection may justify its joint examination with “obstinacy,” which conveys the idea of stubbornness and aggression as well as arrogance (q.v.) and tyranny. This compound concept is often mentioned in the Qurʾān, always in connection with the manner in which divine providence reveals itself …

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Kinberg, Leah, “Insolence and Obstinacy”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00095>



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