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Olfactory sense; pleasing or unpleasing odor. The verb “to smell” does not occur in the Qurʾān; the word for nose ( anf) only occurs once, in the context of the lex talionis (see retaliation; law and the qurʾān; teeth); the term rīḥ, usually “wind” (see air and wind ), occurs at least once with the meaning “smell, odor, scent” ( q 12:94). Smell plays a significant role in qurʾānic images of paradise (q.v.) and in a scene in the Joseph (q.v.) story (see narratives ). While the visual predominates, qurʾānic imagery also draws on smell, sound, taste and touch (see seeing and hearing; vision and blin…

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Stewart, Devin J., “Smell”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00395>

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