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Angelika Neuwirth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199928958.001.0001

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Stages of Communal Formation in Medina

Stages of Communal Formation in Medina

(p.313) 9 Stages of Communal Formation in Medina
The Qur'an and Late Antiquity

Angelika Neuwirth

, Samuel Wilder
Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the final stage of “communal formation” reflected in the Qur’an, which occurred during the Medinan period. During this period, through processes involving the insertion of texts within existing proclamations from the Meccan period, concepts such as the “discovery of God’s wrath” and the “discovery of ambiguity in the divine scripture” come to the fore. Furthermore, Mecca again becomes the focus of communal ritual, after that focus had strayed toward Jerusalem. Finally, in this chapter the Qur’anic conception of martyrdom is discussed in relation to its monotheistic precedents.

Keywords:   Medina, ambiguity, wrath, Qur’anic “revisions, ” Jerusalem, martyrdom

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