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To deceive; anything which deceives. The polemical context of the qurʾānic revelation and the discursive nature of qurʾānic scripture make lying one of the most frequently mentioned sins in the Qurʾān (see sin, major and minor ). Furthermore, the Qurʾān's oft-repeated references to itself as “the truth” (q.v.; al- ḥaqq) and the declaration that God created the entire world “with truth” ( q 46:3), make dishonesty a central characteristic of unbelief ( kufr) and polytheism ( shirk), such links sometimes being explicitly stated ( q 16:39; 29:17; see belief and unbelief; polytheism and a…

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Beaumont, Daniel, “Lie”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 05 June 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00259>

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