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(a.), verbal noun of the form II verb awwala (derived either from awl “return” or from iyāla “putting into right condition, managing properly”), signifies explanation, exposition, or interpretation as it is literally related to the notion of “returning to its origin or source”. The word occurs in the Ḳurʾān seventeen times. In XII, 6, 21, 36, 37, 44, 45, 100, 101, and XVIII, 78, 82, it implies explanation or interpretation of a dream or an event. In III, 7 (occurs twice), it also means interpretation; in VII, 5…

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Poonawala, I., “Taʾwīl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_7457>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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