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Qiyās is the term used for an argument that relies on the similarity between two things. It is a generally accepted opinion in Islam that the use of qiyās can be derived from the Qurʾān and the Ḥadīt̲ (al-ʿUmarī 1987:19–53), although the word itself is not found in them. It has been demonstrated elsewhere (Lloyd 1966) that the observation of similarity is a starting point of the most elementary epistemological procedures in all cultures. In Classical antiquity, it is well attested, starting from Homer in the prephilosophical age ri…

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Miklós Maróth, “Qiyās”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0114>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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