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Vision and Blindness
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Ability, or lack thereof, to perceive physical objects and, when used metaphorically, ideas and concepts.

Witnessing the unseen

The Qurʾān divides existence into this world (q.v.) and the next, followed by a second division into the seen ( shāhid) and the unseen ( ghayb), as in q 59:22, “He is God, besides whom there is no god, the one who knows the unseen and the seen” (see hidden and the hidden ). The two dichotomies overlap in an important way. The next world i…

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Kugle, S., “Vision and Blindness”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 10 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00213>



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