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Spatial Relations
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Relative physical and geographic placement (above, below, close, etc.). In Islamic tradition, the qurʾānic corpus is understood as consisting of two kinds of text units, Meccan sūras and Medinan sūras (see mecca; medina; sūra). While this division serves the juridical purpose of distinguishing earlier texts from later texts (see abrogation ), by such geographic iden…

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Neuwirth, Angelika, “Spatial Relations”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 09 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00191>

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