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Parents
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Those who beget or bring forth children. Terms designating “parents” in the Qurʾān are wālidāni and abawāni, respectively the dual form of wālid, “father, one who begets a child” (the passive al- mawlūd lahu indicates “to whom the child is borne”; wālida, “mother, one who brings forth a child,” appears in both the singular and the plural; umm/ummahāt also designate “mother”), and the dual form of ab, “father” (the singular means “nurturer,” see Robertson-Smith, Kinship and marriage, 142; Lane, 10; in certain verses the plural ābāʾ means “ancestors”).

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Giladi, Avner, “Parents”, 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_00314>



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