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And We cast upon his throne a mere body: A Historiographical Reading of Q. 38:34

Klar, Marianna (2004) 'And We cast upon his throne a mere body: A Historiographical Reading of Q. 38:34.' Journal of Qur'anic Studies, 6 (1). pp. 103-126.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on Q. 38:34 from the perspective of early and medieval works of Islamic historiography and collections of tales of the prophets: the early tenth century works of 'Umara b. Wathima and Tabari, the eleventh century Tales of the Prophets by Tha'labi, the twelfth century folkloric collection of Kisa'i, along with Ibn 'Asakir's History of Damascus, the thirteenth century world history by Ibn al-Athir, and the fourteenth century historiographical work by Ibn Kathir. These various works are viewed not as any particular stage in the development of a genre, but as variations on a (Qur'anic) theme, and the avenue of medieval historiographers and storytellers is utilised as a bridge to explore various possible interpretations of the Qur'anic passage. Historiographers and storytellers provide us with an illustration of how lessons of admonition implied in the Qur'anic text were perceived in medieval Islamic society. They also, as will become clear, provide a picture of Solomon that is consistent with the Qur'anic figure as a whole.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East > Centre of Islamic Studies
ISSN: 14653591
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): 10.3366/jqs.2004.6.1.103
Depositing User: Marianna Klar
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 14:44
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/14655

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