Q 30: 2-5 in near Eastern Context

Adam J. Silverstein*

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This article aims to contextualize a short Qurnic passage - Q 30:25 - with reference to Jewish and Christian materials that have not hitherto been deployed for this purpose. The article builds on the findings of recent scholarship, which reads this passage eschatologically rather than historically, and argues that there are, in fact, two texts that require contextualization: 1) The Qurnic verses themselves (which refer only to the fate of "the Romans"); and 2) The early exegetical traditions on these verses (which often add "the Persians" to the eschatological drama). Furthermore, it is argued that the Biblical book of Daniel, and its interpretation in late antiquity, contributed both to the verses themselves and to their exegesis.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)11-42
Number of pages32
JournalIslam - Zeitschrift fur Geschichte und Kultur des Islamischen Orients
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 May 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Apocalypse
  • Book of Daniel
  • Byzantines
  • Eschatology
  • Jewish sources
  • Persians
  • Qurn
  • Romans
  • Sūrat al-Rūm
  • Tafsīr
  • Talmud


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