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This introductory chapter of the book presents an overview of the book The Foreign Vocabulary of The Qurʾān, which presents the compendium of philological scholarship that remains a tool for any study of Qurʾānic semantics. Quite early in the history of Islām, Muslims themselves were confronted with the perplexing problem of foreign words, for it presented itself immediately they were called upon to face the task of interpreting their Scripture. With the death of the Prophet and the cutting off of the fountain of revelation, came the necessity of collecting the scattered fragments of this Revelation and issuing them in book form. Then as the Qurʾān collected became recognized as the ultimate source of both religion and law, there came the necessity of interpretation. The traditional account of the development of Qurʾānic exegesis, of which this problem of the foreign words forms a part, makes it begin with Ibn ʿAbbās.

Keywords: foreign words; Ibn ʿAbbās; Islām; Qurʾān

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