The female companions of the garden

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We deal here with the subject of ḥūr ʿīn and kawāʿib as used in the Qur’an. While some well-intentioned Qur’an-centric researchers may baulk at the Traditionalist’s values for these terms (coming as they do from the ḥadīth) a full and systematic comparison of instances and contexts reveals the Traditionalist’s values here to be fully sustainable […]

Notes on 27:1

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This is an addendum to my presentation on the muqaṭṭaʿāt and pertains to the case of kitāb at 27:1. The full presentation is found in video form both on my YouTube channel and on this site. Note that conventions such as the use of bold and italics are carried over from Article XX in the Appendix to The Qur’an: […]

Zakat in the Qur’an

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zakāt – purity The Traditionalist claims that the expression ātā al zakāt means to pay a specific annual tax on wealth in order to purify it. I previously subscribed to the view that ātā al zakāt bore some relation to the value the Traditionalist claims for it albeit in a way which precluded any insistence […]

The meaning of the mysterious letters in the Qur’an

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The question of the meaning of the mysterious letters in the Quran – known in Arabic as the muqaṭṭaʿāt – has both intrigued and frustrated Muslims since the time of the revelation over 1,400 years ago. Many theories have been advanced as to the meaning of the muqaṭṭaʿāt – or mysterious letters – none of them convincing. In the […]

Construction conventions in the Qur’an

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Here we identify the Qur’anic sense for particular construction conventions which use particles and particle collocations. I have applied the same iterative, pan-textual methodology to extract clear meanings and then applied them consistently. In most cases, besides the consistent application, the values are the same or very similar to those which the Traditionalist assumes. In […]