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Silk [Supplement 2017]
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Silk is a lustrous fibre produced by insect larvae frequently used in fine materials. The terms ḥarīr and sundus (both meaning “silk”) occur five times in the Qurʾān (Q 22:23; 35:33; 76:12; and Q 18:31 and 44:53, respectively). These terms appear exclusively in passages dedicated to the descriptions of Paradise that, with the fire of the Hell promised to the unbelievers, draw a central binary theme in the Qurʾānic eschatological discourse (see Paradise; Hell and hellfire; eschatology). As such, the luxury of silk constitutes one of the paradigmatic elements of Islamic h…

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Valérie Gonzalez, “Silk [Supplement 2017]”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_050522>
First published online: 2017

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