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Worldly possessions and property. In this sense, “wealth” occurs often in the Qūrʾan. The most common term for it, māl and its plural amwāl, prevails in the later (Medinan) sūras (q.v.; see also chronology and the qurʾān ). Additional terms include ghināʾ and other words derived from its root, especially in the early (Meccan) sūras. Sometimes property (q.v.) seems taken for granted as a simple fact of life: God “has made it a support for you” (allatī jaʿala llāhu lakum qiyāman, q 4:5); one reason for men's control over women is “the expenditure they make [for them] out of their property” ( q 4:3…

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Bonner, Michael, “Wealth”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 20 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00454>

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