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Wealth, goods, things owned. There is no formal, legal concept of property in the Qurʾān, nor is there a technical equivalent to the Latin res of Western tradition. There is, however, a general concern with property as is clearly indicated, for example, by the verses outlining the punishment for theft (q.v.; q 5:38; see also boundaries and precepts; chastisement and punishment; law and the qurʾān). Roughly speaking, there are three contexts in which the Qurʾān addresses property: commercial, private and general.

In a commercial context, there are several terms used to design…

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Jackson, Sherman A., “Property”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 29 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00344>

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