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Act or fact of complying with the demands of one in authority (q.v.). The idea of obedience, with its concomitant concepts of legitimate authority and power to command, occurs with considerable frequency in the Qurʾān. Though several different Arabic expressions convey the idea of obedience, derivatives of the root ṭ-w-ʿ, especially the verb aṭāʿa/yuṭīʿu, predominate, as exemplified in the longest sustained passage on obedience ( q 24:47-56). While aṭāʿa/yuṭīʿu normally means, “to obey,” it sometimes bears the less insistent meaning of “to heed” ( q 3:168). The verb ittabaʿa/yatta…

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Blankinship, Khalid Yahya, “Obedience”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 29 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00304>

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