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Names of the Qurʾān
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The Qurʾān calls itself by a variety of names, which throw light on the various aspects under which it presents itself. A study of the names of the Qurʾān thus becomes part of the exercise in understanding the qurʾānic phenomenon. Scholars number differently the names the Qurʾān uses for itself. According to al-Ṭabarī (d. 310/923), the divine revelation ( tanzīl, see revelation and inspiration ) has four names: qurʾān, furqān, kitāb, and dhikr. Al-Ṭabarī hastens to add that, in the Arabic language (q.v.), each of …

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Mir, Mustansir, “Names of the Qurʾān”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00131>

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