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A gift, ability or propensity provided by God. There is no specific qurʾānic term for talent although meanings related to this concept may be associated with ideas such as degrees, ability, capacity and gifts (see gift and gift-giving; grace; blessing). In modern Arabic, terms derived from the root w-h-b, “gifts,” and ʿ-d-d, “preparation,” refer to talent, but these roots and their derivations are not employed in this sense in the Qurʾān. In addition, istiṭāʿa, “ability, capacity,” is an important theological concept in Islam (see theology and the qurʾān ), but it is usually discus…

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Hermansen, Marcia, “Talent”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 25 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00413>

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