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Love and Affection
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Feelings of personal attachment induced by kinship (q.v.) or sympathy. Aḥabba is the most used verb to express the idea of love. The lexical field of the concept “love” has other roots, however, such as w-d-d, among others. The verbal noun ḥubb, “love,” is mentioned nine times in the Qurʾān. Love links humankind to God, human beings to one another and the individual to earthly life and its pleasures. As far as God's love is concerned, it focuses on persons but also on their qualities or their actions. In fact, the human being is often split between two contra…

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Gril, Denis, “Love and Affection”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00266>



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