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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 the Middle and Late Meccan Periods

Stages of Communal Formation in the Middle and Late Meccan Periods

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(p.277) 8 Stages of Communal Formation in the Middle and Late Meccan Periods
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The Qur'an and Late Antiquity
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Angelika Neuwirth

, Samuel Wilder
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199928958.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the process of communal formation in the middle and late Meccan time and the way the Qur’an reflects this process. This involves the construction of a “text world” whereby the stories of “God’s people” are told in relation to their predecessors among the earlier religious communities of the Jews and the Christians, as well as the emergence of anti-pagan polemic as a major theme in the proclamation. It also involves the alteration of existing mythic narrative paradigms and the emergence of new homiletic instruments, namely, the usage of parables and the distinctive Qur’anic simile or “likeness,” the mathal.

Keywords:   late Meccan, parables, text world, biblical narratives, likenesses, Mary and Jesus

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