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Offspring; gender-inclusive term for young people, between infancy and youth. The Qurʾān contains a number of terms for “offspring” and “young people,” (e.g. dhurriyya; ghulām, pl. ghilmān; ibn, pl. banūn; walad, pl. awlād), but it is only seldom clear from the context when these refer to the age group between birth (q.v.) and maturity (q.v.). More specific terms for infants and children are: walīd, “child” (pl. wildān, although in q 56:17, wildān probably means “youths”); mawlūd, “bo…

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Giladi, Avner, “Children”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 06 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00031>

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