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Ability to understand deeply and judge soundly. God is wise ( ḥakīm). He is, however, never described by this characteristic alone, but always in conjunction with another characteristic. Ḥakīm is most frequently connected with ʿazīz, “almighty” (forty-seven times; see power and impotence ), and almost as frequently is God described as ḥakīm and ʿalīm, “omniscient” (thirty-six times; see knowledge and learning; intellect). Ḥakīm with khabīr, “knowing,” is rare (three times) and even rarer are the occurrences of ḥakīm with “forgiving” ( tawwāb), “all-embracing” ( wāsiʿ), “praisew…

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Radtke, Bernd, “Wisdom”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00461>

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