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Manual Labor
(934 words)

Literally “work with one's hands,” it often carries the implication of strenuous physical exertion. Manual labor is not a topic explicitly addressed in the Qurʾān though the term “forced laborer” ( sukhrī) is mentioned once and the Qurʾān describes some of the ancient prophets (see prophets and prophethood ) as having been able to achieve prominence by using forced and voluntary labor in great building projects (see art and architecture and the qurʾān; archaeology and the qurʾān).

The Qurʾān states that it is God who “raises some to levels above others so that some of th…

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Mattson, Ingrid, “Manual Labor”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00272>



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