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Veiling Esther, Unveiling Her Story: The Reception of a Biblical Book in Islamic Lands

Adam J. Silverstein


This book examines the ways in which the biblical book of Esther was read, understood, and used in Muslim lands, from ancient to modern times. It zeroes-in on a selection of case studies, covering works from various periods and regions of the Muslim world, including the Qur’an, premodern historical chronicles and literary works, the writings of a nineteenth-century Shia feminist, a twentieth-century Iranian dictionary, and others. These case studies demonstrate that Muslim sources contain valuable materials on Esther, which shed light both on the Esther story itself and on the Muslim peoples a ... More

Keywords: Esther, Islam, Persia, Iran, Middle East, Women, Judaism, Qur’an, Samaritans, Midrash

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198797227
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198797227.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam J. Silverstein, author
Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History, Bar Ilan University