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God and his Attributes
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Allāh,” the name for God in Islam, is generally taken to mean “the God,” God plainly and absolutely (Watt, The use, 245-7). The name is commonly explained linguistically as a contraction of the Arabic noun with its definite article, al-ilāh shortened into Allāh by frequency of usage in invocation. Actually, “Allāh” is not understood to be a proper name like any other, rather it is the…

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Böwering, Gerhard, “God and his Attributes”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00075>

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