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Creature whose body contains two main divisions: one with four pairs of walking legs, the other with two or more pairs of spinnerets for spinning the silk that is used in making the cocoons for its young, nests for itself or webs to entangle its prey. The word spider ( ʿankabūt), which provides the name for q 29, Sūrat al-ʿAnkabūt, occurs twice in the Qurʾān in one and the same verse, q 29:41. In this verse, the spider exemplifies an agent for warning and threatening the infidels for their ungrateful conduct (see animal life; belief and unbelief; gratitude and ingratitude). Those who choose …

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Eisenstein, Herbert, “Spider”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 30 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00401>

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