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Report of [recent] events. News in the Qurʾān centers around words derived from the root n-b-ʾ, especially the verb nabbaʾa/yunabbiʾu, meaning “to inform,” which occurs forty-nine times, its synonym anbaʾa/yunbiʾu, occurring four times, and the noun nabaʾ, meaning “a piece of news,” which, with its plural (anbāʾ), appears twenty-nine times. There is also a single appearance of istanbaʾa/yastanbiʾu, meaning “to ask for news” ( q 10:53). A completely different root, kh-b-r, provides seven occurrences of nouns meaning “news” or “information,” khubr, khabar, and the plural of t…

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Blankinship, Khalid Yahya, “News”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 06 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00298>

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