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Springs and Fountains
(4,513 words)

Natural or artificial sources of water that issue from the earth and — in contrast to wells — provide running water (q.v.). There are several Arabic words for a natural spring. The most common designation is ʿayn, which occurs twenty-one times in the Qurʾān (with the respective dual and plural forms ʿaynān and ʿuyūn; e.g. q 2:60; 15:45; 34:12; 55:50). The word maʿīn — probably of Syriac or Hebrew origin (see foreign vocabulary) — is used four times ( q…

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Radscheit, Matthias, “Springs and Fountains”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00194>



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