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(Sole) authority and power, rulership. In exploring the notion of sovereignty much care should be given to terminology. Sovereignty generally means authority (q.v.) and power (see power and impotence ) but it lacks precise definition and has many divergent interpretations in English usage as do its cognates in other Western languages. The word ḥākimiyya, a derivative of the verb ḥakama, has been commonly used in modern Islamic thought to denote sovereignty. The form ḥākimiyya itself does not occur in the Qurʾān but ḥakama and other derivatives of ḥ-k-m are used in more than a hund…

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Khir, Bustami, “Sovereignty”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00400>

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