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Anfāl (sing. nafal), a Qurʾānic and juridical term denoting a portion of goods or property. The basic lexical meaning of the singular nafal, however, is the subject of debate, since it was only used as such in the earliest Islamic period; with the passage of centuries its usage as a technical term predominated and its original meaning was forgotten. The main piece of evidence cited by linguists, from which they derive the wo…

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Javad Hojjati Kermani, Mohammad and Translated by Matthew Melvin-Koushki, “Anfāl”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 10 June 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0280>
First published online: 2015

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