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Barrier

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Author(s): Zaki, Mona M.
An obstacle; anything that hinders approach or attack. Both ḥijāb and barzakh (q.v.) are used to denote “barrier” in the Qurʾān. Under this general category of barrier, Ibn al-Jawzī (d. 597/1200) in two cases understands the word ḥijāb to mean a concrete division: he i…

Barzakh

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Author(s): Zaki, Mona M.
The term barzakh occurs three times in the Qurʾān; in q 25:53 and 55:20, barzakh is a partition between two seas, a barrier that could be an allusion to a cosmic myth (see barrier; cosmology in the qurʾān). The third reference, which is the focus of this article, occurs in …