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The infinitive of the fourth form of the Arabic triliteral root s-l-m meaning “to submit,” “to surrender,” it also designates the monotheistic faith (q.v.) and practice observed by the followers of Muḥammad and exhorted by the Qurʾān.

Preliminary considerations

To restrict the notion of islām to that which emerges for the first time within the qurʾānic pronouncements, it is necessary to be clear about the problems that this limitation implies. It is misleading to gath…

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Arkoun, M., “Islam”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 30 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00098>

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