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Political organisation. The term ḳurrāʾ , sing. ḳāriʾ (A.), occurs in Arabic historiography referring to a group of ʿIrāḳians rising against ʿUt̲h̲mān and later on against ʿAlī, after he had accepted the arbitration. In European research, ḳurrāʾ has been usually rendered as “reciters of the Ḳurʾān” (ḳurrāʾ < ḳ-r-ʾ “to recite”).

Brünnow was the first historian to try to assess the role of the ḳurrāʾ as an independent group acting within a heterogeneous K̲h̲ārid̲j̲ite [q.v.] movement. Brünnow’s results were partly rejected by Wellhausen, who held that the ḳurrāʾ were not an autonomo…

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Nagel, T., “Ḳurrāʾ”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 24 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4547>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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