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Indications or portents, foreshadowing or confirming something. The concept of sign, one of the most commonly exhibited concepts in the Qurʾān, is expressed mainly by the wordāya (pl. āyāt) in almost four hundred instances and by the word bayyina (pl. bayyināt) in approximately sixty cases. Several other words also convey the principal idea or some nuances of āya, for example: lesson ( ʿibra, q 12:111), pa…

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Abrahamov, Binyamin, “Signs”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 22 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00182>

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