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Solemn assertions or promises. In English the word “oath” has various related senses. One usually involves using the name of God, or of some other revered or dreaded being, object or place, in order to give force and solemnity to an utterance (an assertion, promise, denial, curse, etc.). Oaths of this type, where a statement includes a phrase such as “by God,” “by the stars when they set,” “by…

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Hawting, G.R., “Oaths”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 04 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00138>

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