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Daʿwa (Arab., from daʾā, ‘call’, ‘summon’). Invitation, call; prayer (see DUʿĀʾ, from the same root). It is the ‘summons’ to the way of Allāh, to the true religion (Qurʾān 14. 46). It is used today to denote the effort to spread the teachings of Islam, and in this sense is roughly equivalent to the concept of ‘mission’ in Christianity.