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Symbolic Imagery
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The use of allusion and figurative language to produce vivid descriptions and complex levels of meaning. The symbolic imagery in the Qurʾān arises out of the symbolic imagery of previous revelations as well as out of the poetic conventions of pre-Islamic Arabia (see scripture and the qurʾān; poetry and poets; pre-islamic arabia and the qurʾān). While a key verse in the Qurʾān ( q 3:7) has sometimes been read to suggest that …

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Colby, Frederick S., “Symbolic Imagery”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00198>



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