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Good points alphabetical entries with the ebook of quantity 5.
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1). Sometimes the qur ānic text is presented alone, unencumbered by any other data. e. the joys of paradise] let all men strive” (Ory, Hawran, no. 1). Very often a subtle amendment to the text is introduced for the sake of clarity. ” Most of the discrepancies between the inscribed qur ānic text and the ofﬁcial qur ānic text, however, suggest that the inscriber, especially in the case of grafﬁti, would be working from memory. Subtle variants would, therefore, be likely to creep in. ” to the more straightforward “Oh David, we have made you a deputy on earth in order that you may rule (lita kuma)…” (Fahmī, Makka, no.
By far the most numerous are those recording the foundation or renovation of a structure. They might say no more than what was done, when and at whose command. The patron would, however, very likely take the opportunity, by including appropriate qur ānic verses, to indulge in a little self-gloriﬁcation by adding titles and eulogies and underlining the majesty and signiﬁcance of his work. How much care sometimes went into this latter aspect can be observed from the example of the tomb and college of Sultan asan (757-64⁄1356-62) in Cairo.
It was also believed that the combination of signs stood for the greatest name of all (Anawati, Le nom supreme, 26-7). Al-Būnī’s text, which principally contains prescriptions for a wide variety of conditions and ailments, includes magical squares, the “seven magical signs,” “the most beautiful names of God,” as well as the exhortation to recite qur ānic verses, in particular the Throne Verse (see further Fodor, Notes, 269-71). The Qur ān hints at the existence of amulets made from perishable materials rather than stone: “If we sent down to you a writing inscribed on real parchment and the unbelievers touched it with their own hands, they would still say ‘this is nothing but plain magic’ ” (q 6:7).
Encyclopaedia of the Qurʼān, vol 2 (E - I) by President Jane Dammen McAuliffe