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Kings and Rulers
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Royal male sovereigns and other political leaders. The Arabic term malik,king,” appears thirteen times in the Qurʾān (its plural form mulūk appears twice), and is derived from the root m-l-k, which connotes possession (q.v.), having power or dominion over someone or something (see power and impotence ), or capacity, the ability to obtain something.

Other qurʾānic terms relevant to this subject include mulk, “dominion, power or kingdom,” and malakūt, “dominion or kingdom.” The former, which is attested many times in the Qurʾān, may be associated either with God …

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Marlow, Louise, “Kings and Rulers”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00249>

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