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Months
(3,116 words)

The portions into which the year is divided, each one corresponding approximately to the length of a complete revolution of the moon (q.v.). As with many qurʾānic notions, it is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to isolate the original meaning of the word “month” from its later exegetical elaboration (see exegesis of the qurʾān: classical and medieval ). Despite efforts to identify this original meaning either contextually or by reference to parallel passages, the influences and stereotypes of this rich exegetical tradition impinge heavily upon …

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Knysh, Alexander, “Months”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 17 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00289>



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