al-Bayt al-Maʿmūr
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al-Bayt al-Maʿmūr, a Qurʾānic compound term which literally means ‘the Flourishing House’ or ‘the Much-Frequented House’. According to most commentators, it is the heavenly counterpart of al-Bayt al-Ḥarām, the ‘Sacred House’ or Kaʿba. The term occurs only once in the Qurʾān (52:4), where God swears by it that the divine wrath will certainly descend (upon disbelievers) and that no one will be able to ward it off (52:7–8).

The use of the term al-Bayt al-Maʿmūr in the Qurʾān without comment or explanation has naturally—like that of many other expressions—attracted …

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Manouchehri, Faramarz Haj and Waley, M.I., “al-Bayt al-Maʿmūr”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 19 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004246911, 20131209

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