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date: 07 July 2020

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The Qur’anic corpus is characterized by a pervasive technique of deploying narratives as exempla relevant to its own addressees. Minimal or more expanded references to biblical figures such as Noah and Moses are utilized in order to illustrate key exhortatory themes in a large number of suras, a feature that has struck readers of the Qur’an from ancient times to the present. Recent scholarship has replaced a search for straightforward parallels in narratives from the Judaeo-Christian tradition with a growing trend for a re-evaluation of the Qur’an’s contextual framework, and a rethinking of the references to other literatures and religious traditions included therein.

Keywords: Pharaoh, Solomon, the Companions of the Cave, Mary, Abraham, Thamūd, Alexander the Great, Dhū’l-Qarnayn

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