Naskh (Arab., ‘deletion’). The Muslim procedure whereby certain verses of the Qurʾān modify or abrogate others. The verses so modified are known as mansukh. The general principle is that the Qurʾān remains absolute and unqualified, but Allāh in his mercy makes its application bearable in particular situations. A second sense refers to the cancellation of verses insinuated by Satan/Shaitān: see 22. 52/1 f. The best-known example is that of the Satanic Verses. The doctrine of abrogation is known as al-nasikh waʾl-mansukh.
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