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Prior to the twentieth century, the English word “religion” had no direct equivalent in Arabic nor had the Arabic word dīn in English. They became partially synonymous only in the course of the twentieth century as a result of increased English-Arabic encounters and the need for consistency in translation (see translations of the qurʾān ). In the same way the English word “religion” carries a genealogy of meanings, as revealed in W.C. Smith's groundbreaking book The meaning and end of r…

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Brodeur, Patrice C., “Religion”, 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_EQCOM_00170>

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