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In English, “world” denotes mainly the entire cosmic system whether created by God, by chance, or simply having existed throughout eternity (q.v.). In its more limited sense the world means the earth (q.v.), all its inhabitants and specifically humankind characterized by certain institutions — social, religious and so on. World also conveys the sense of a special time (q.v.), as in “this world” meaning “lifetime” as opposed to “the world to come” (see eschatology ). Some of these meanings ap…

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Abrahamov, Binyamin, “World”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 27 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00222>

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