Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

Get access

(1,084 words)

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, …

Cite this page
Rubin, Uri, “Oft-Repeated”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 05 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00307>

▲   Back to top   ▲