Maḳām Ibrāhīm
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denotes, according to Ḳurʾān, II, 125 (... wa-ttak̲h̲id̲h̲ū min maḳāmi Ibrāhīmi muṣallan ...) a place of prayer. Some commentators interpreted, however, the word muṣallan as “a place of invocations and supplications”, a definition which would considerably modify the status of the place. The reading of the verb in the phrase became the subject of discussion. Several scholars read it in the perfect tense “... wa-ttak̲h̲ad̲h̲ū ...”, and they rendered it”... and they took to themselves Abraham’s station for a place of prayer”, linking it with the preceding clau…

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Kister, M.J., “Maḳām Ibrāhīm”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 21 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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