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The relation of an agent to a norm-giving and evaluative instance. It consists of the imposition of a set of norms, action in regards to these norms, and the assessment of the committed acts according to these norms with any consequences that might ensue. The idea of responsibility is a central feature of social activities, law, ethics and religion (q.v.; see also law and the qurʾān; ethics and the qurʾān; social interactions)…

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Radscheit, Matthias, “Responsibility”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 26 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00173>

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