Some Cosmological Notions from Late Antiquity in Q 18:60–65 The Quran in Light of Its Cultural Context

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Tommaso Tesei

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The Quranic terms sarab, a hapax legomenon, and majmaʿ al-baḥrayn have generated a number of different interpretations among both Muslim exegetes and Western scholars. In this article I demonstrate how they can be better understood when read in the light of the cultural context of late antiquity and, in particular, of the cosmological imagery of this historical period.




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