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Oft-Repeated
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One of the names of the Qurʾān (q.v.) or of parts of it. The Arabic form mathānī is the plural of mathnā or mathnāt, and is a derivative of the root th-n-y, which signifies repetition, duplication. In q 39:23, the form mathānī occurs within the following description of the Qurʾān: “God has sent down the fairest discourse as a book (q.v.), similar in its oft-repeated ( mutashābihan mathāniya), whereat shiver the skins of those who fear (q.v.) their lord (q.v.)….”

The most prevalent explanation is that the scripture has been called mathānī because its various themes — religious duties, …

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Rubin, Uri, “Oft-Repeated”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00307>



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