Houris
(1,219 words)

A feminine adjective for a white skinned woman (sing. ḥawrāʾ, pl. ḥūr, Lane, ii, 666) denoting the virgins of paradise (q.v.). The singular is not attested in the Qurʾān, but the plural form (ḥūr) occurs four times ( q 44:54; 52:20; 55:72; 56:22), three of which appear in connection with the adjective ʿīn (sing. fem. ʿaynāʾ, masc. aʿyan) meaning wide-eyed with a deep black pupil (Lane, v, 2218; and cf. Künstlinger, Namen und Freuden, 629-30). In three other verses ( q 37:48-9; 38:52; 55…

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Jarrar, Maher, “Houris”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 15 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00087>



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