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Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

According to the Arabic lexicons, the word din is one of the most controversial words in the whole Koranic vocabulary. Its etymology is also uncertain. Outwardly we have one simple monosyllabic word. The word din has two important meanings distinguishable in the Koran: religion and judgment. According to some scholars, of these two fundamental meanings, the religion is of Persian origin den in Middle Persian meaning (a systematic) religion, and the second, that of judgment goes back to Hebrew; the Hebrew word din means judgment, and moreover the particular combination, "day of judgment" (yaum al-din). The Koran, too, uses the same word in verbal form

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