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Weather
(672 words)

In general terms, the state of the atmosphere at a given time and place, involving the variables of heat, cold, moisture, wind and pressure, and referring both to beneficial and destructive consequences. In the Qurʾān there are a number of words covering many of these aspects, some phenomena having more than one term. In the vast majority of contexts, the agency of God is explicit (e.g. q 30:48).

Rain, for example, is expressed in several ways. The most frequent is the mention of God's “sending down water from the sky” thereby giving life (q.v.) to or restoring it on earth (q.v.; see also agricu…

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Waines, David, “Weather”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00455>



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