Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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The smallest formally and semantically independent qurʾānic speech units, marked by a final rhyme. The qurʾānic word āya (pl. āyāt, probably from Syriac āthā, cf. Heb. ōth; see Jeffery, For. vocab.), “sign,” has become the technical term used to denote a verse of the Qurʾān. Like the term sūra (q.v.…

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Neuwirth, Angelika, “Verse(s)”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 30 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00211>

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