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Daʿwa, a Qurʾānic term that refers to the activity of the Prophets which, over the course of Islamic history, developed into an important concept that encompassed and was used with a broad spectrum of meanings. These ranged from the ‘call’ to embrace Islam or the missionary activities of a particular grouping within Islam. In its narrow sense, the term can refer to a rallying cry to a common cause e.g. to the right path usually connected to the ethos, values and ideals of a particular school of thought in a specific period of history. At times, daʿwa

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Ahmad Pakatchi, Translated by Alexander Khaleeli and Farhad Daftary, “Daʿwa”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_036137>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110

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