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The usual meaning of taqdīr is ‘predestination, ordaining, decreeing’, semantically connected with qadr in the sense of ‘(God's) decree, fate’. The word taqdīr may also be connected with another sense of qadr, ‘measure, quantity’, in which case it means ‘measuring; estimation of value, assignment of a value to something’. In this sense it is used, for instance, for assigning the portion of war booty to which each participant in a campaign is entitled (Kofler 1933:384). This latter sense is probably the one that is behind the technical use of the term, for instance in legal theory, where taq…

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Kees Versteegh, “Taqdīr”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0134>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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