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1. Definition

The word mafʿūl is derived from the Arabic root f-ʿ-l ‘to do, make’ and refers to something done or made. In the Qurʾān, the word mafʿūl occurs twice: “that Allah might conclude a thing that must be done” (Q. 8/42, 44; translation Pickthall 1938:262–263). In grammatical terminology, mafʿūl refers to the accusative noun/pronoun on which the act of the verb ‘falls’. This covers all the nominal complements of the verb, in particular the object, which was a…

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Zeinab Ahmed Taha, “Mafʿūl”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_vol3_0201>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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