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Sean W. Anthony Oct 10
Just read and really enjoyed Adam Silverstein's new article published in Der Islam, “Who are the Aṣḥāb al-Ukhdūd? Q 85:4‒10 in Near Eastern Context.”
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Michael Pregill
I’m super sympathetic to this argument, and haven’t read the piece yet, but something that nags at me here: this is one more of the few “solid” historical references in the Quran down the drain, right? So is there any stable context indicated by the Quran at all?
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Michael Pregill Oct 10
Replying to @shahanSean
I mean, that seems like an obvious objection/complaint, since we know the Nathan episode really happened and is not an invention of the exegetes?
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Sean W. Anthony Oct 10
Replying to @michael_pregill
Yes, that's the cost, but it's worth paying. Also it's usually cited alongside Abrahah's march of an elephant troop against Mecca, which IMHO is clearly *not* historical. That's the hazards of positivism for ya.
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