Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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Barely audible speech or sound, often with sibilance. The Qurʾān is a text to be heard ( samʿ) more than to be read and within the text there are many allusions to aurality and its different degrees (see book; recitation of the qurʾān; orality; orality and writing in arabia). In the most common qurʾānic scenario one hears a noise without discerning its source. This is the meaning of ḥasīs in q 21:102. Those who will escape the tortures of hell ( jahannam; see hell and hellfire; reward and punishment) on the day of promise ( waʿd) will be saved by discerning (aurally) the presence of the b…

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Chabbi, Jacqueline, “Whisper”, 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_00458>

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