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Staff or stick upon which one leans for support or uses as a tool. In the Qurʾān, the Arabic word for rod, ʿaṣā, which is mentioned twelve times, is used in the possessive form when speaking of Moses (q.v.), that is, ʿaṣā Mūsā, “the rod of Moses.” It is used in a singular form (ʿaṣā) when related to Moses and in a plural form (ʿiṣiyya) with reference to Pharaoh's (q.v.) sorcerers (see magic ). Events involving the word ʿaṣā, which has a variety of features in the Qurʾān, have been presented in support of its being one of the two great miracles of Moses (see miracles; marvels). The qurʾānic commentat…

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Saritoprak, Zeki, “Rod”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00360>

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