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The Qurʾān uses the fact that it was revealed in Arabic to argue that the Arabs who hear it have no excuse for not understanding: “We have sent it down as an Arabic Qurʾān so that you [people] may understand” (Q. 12/2). As Sībawayhi (d. 177/793?) puts it, “They were addressed in their own speech, and the Qurʾān came to conform to their language and what they understood” (Kitāb I, 331–332). Similarly, aš-Šāṭibī (d. 790/1388) states: “The Qurʾ…

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Muhammad Abdel Haleem, “Qurʾān”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0280>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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