Iʿd̲j̲āz
(2,813 words)

literally “the rendering incapable, powerless”, since the second half of the 3rd/9th century technical term for the inimitability or uniqueness of the Ḳurʾān in content and form. The numerous descriptive definitions do not, after the 4th/10th century, show significant divergencies. Tahānawī, Kas̲h̲s̲h̲āf iṣṭilāḥāt al-funūn , Calcutta 1854-62 (written ca. 1158/1745), somewhat surprisingly, does not include the term; but the opening passage of his article on muʿd̲j̲iza , pp. 975-7, implies the character of iʿdjāz as action or failure to act not to be accounted for by h…

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Grunebaum, G.E. von, “Iʿd̲j̲āz”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3484>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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