The meaning of ‘kitab’ in the Qur’an

Kitāb

This short article is from The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation.

kitāb – decree (when not part of definite composite)

Whereas the law indicates a body of law, in the indefinite kitāb indicates a singular aspect or instance of law, which I render decree.

All instances in the text are footnoted.

References

2:89, 3:81, 3:145, 4:103, 4:153, 5:15, 6:7, 6:59, 6:92, 6:155, 7:2, 7:52, 8:68,10:61, 11:1, 11:6, 13:38, 14:1, 15:4, 17:13, 17:14, 17:71, 17:71, 17:93, 21:10, 22:8, 22:70, 23:62, 27:28, 27:29, 27:75, 28:49, 29:48, 31:20, 34:3, 35:11, 35:40, 37:157, 38:29, 39:23, 41:3, 41:41, 42:15, 43:21, 45:28, 45:29, 46:4, 46:12, 46:30, 50:4, 52:2, 56:78, 57:22, 68:37, 69:19, 69:19, 69:25, 69:25, 78:29, 83:7, 83:9, 83:18, 83:20, 84:7, 84:10.

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