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Manufactured light-giving object. The most common reference to a lamp (Ar. miṣbāḥ and sirāj) in the Qurʾān is a metaphoric use (see metaphor ) of the word sirāj to designate the sun (q.v.): “And we built over you seven firmaments (see heaven and sky ) and made a splendid light(sirājan wahhājan)” ( q 78:12-3; cf. Dāmaghānī, Wujūh, i, 442); “And he made the moon (q.v.) a light among them and he made the sun a lamp (al- shamsa sirājan)” ( q 71:16); and “Blessed is he who made constellations (see planets and stars ) in the sky and made in it a lamp (sirājan) and a light-giving moon” ( q 25:61). On one occ…

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Elias, Jamal J., “Lamp”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 03 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00254>

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