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Persons physically detained by judicial authority in an institution for that purpose. The Qurʾān explicitly mentions prisoners (al- masjūnūn) only once, in q 26:29, referring to Moses (q.v.). The noun “prison” (al- sijn) and its verbal forms are, however, found in the story of Joseph (q.v.) at q 12:25 and in eight other places. Both of these narratives (q.v.) refer to the Pharaoh's (q.v.) prison in Egypt (q.v.), which some commentators described as “an underground place where a person was held without seeing or hearing anyone” (Jalālayn, 482, ad q 26:29).

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Brockopp, Jonathan E., “Prisoners”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 27 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00341>

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