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Kings and Rulers [Supplement 2017]
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Kings and rulers refer to male sovereigns and other political leaders. They are evoked or alluded to in a number of Qurʾānic terms and passages. Derived from the root m-l-k, which connotes possession, having power or dominion over someone or something (see Power and Impotence), or the capacity or ability to obtain something, the Arabic term malik, “king,” appears thirteen times in the Qurʾān (its plural form mulūk appears twice). Related Qurʾānic terms include mulk, “dominion, power, or kingdom,” and malakūt, “dominion or kingdom.” The former, attested many times in the Qur…

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Louise Marlow, “Kings and Rulers [Supplement 2017]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050524>
First published online: 2017

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