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People of the House
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Literally, “(the) people of the house” ( ahl al- bayt), a family, a noble family, a leading family and, most probably, also those who dwelt near the house of God (see house, domestic and divine ), the Kaʿba (q.v.). Without the definite article “al-,” it means “household” (see family; kinship; community and society in the qurʾān). In Shīʿī (see shīʿism and the qurʾān ) as well as Sunnī literature the term ahl al-bayt is usually understood to refer to the family of the Prophet (q.v.). In the Qurʾān the term appears twice with the definite article ( q 11:73; 33:33) and once without it ( ahl bayt, q 28:1…

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Sharon, M., “People of the House”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 11 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00323>

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