Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān

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The predetermined course of events in general and of human actions and eternal fate in particular, a condition foreordained by divine will or human will, a real or imaginary impersonal power or agency. From the first Islamic centuries, the question of the agency of human works and eternal destiny was a widely discussed controversy among Muslim theologians — whether they are ordained by God's decree or whether they are executed by man himself (see freedom and predestination; anthropomorphism; decision). Both determinists and non-determinists made reference to the Qurʾān i…

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Schmidtke, Sabine, “Destiny”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 07 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00114>

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