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The act or instance of praising or extolling, the object of such praise often being God. More precisely, laudation ( ḥamd) in the qurʾānic context refers to the specific formulaic phrase “praise belongs to God” ( al-ḥamdu li-llāh), which occurs twenty-four times in the Qurʾān. Perhaps the most significant instance of this formulaic phrase appears in the opening chapter of the Qurʾān (see fātiḥa ), directly following the basmala (q.v.). Here (i.e. q 1:2), in the very first line of the Qurʾān, the phrase is assertive ( inshāʾī, see form and structure of the qurʾān; language and style of the…

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Kueny, Kathryn, “Laudation”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00256>

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