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Sean W. Anthony
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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Sean W. Anthony Oct 10
Replying to @shahanSean
His central argument is that the identification of “the Men of the Pit (aṣḥāb al-uḫdūd)” of Q. 85 with the Martyrs of Najran is wrong, even indefensible, when one takes a historical *and* eschatological reading of the qur'anic passage into account.
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Sean W. Anthony Oct 10
Replying to @shahanSean
Rather, he argues, the aṣḥāb al-uḫdūd refers to Daniel 3 and the servants of King Nebuchadnezzar killed (qaṭṭil|קַטִּ֣ל; cf. qutila aṣḥābu 'l-uḫdūd in Q. 85:4) while throwing the three youths the flames of the fiery furnace after they refused to worship the king's idol.
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Sean W. Anthony Oct 10
Replying to @shahanSean
As Silverstein notes, this was Abraham Geiger's view and one that, w/ many modifications of the biblical Daniel 3, appears in early Arabic literature as well. See, for instance, the entry on Nebuchadnezzar from Ibn ʿAsākir's history of Damascus
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Sean W. Anthony Oct 10
Replying to @shahanSean
There's a lot more to article, including an interesting etymology of uḫdūd, but suffice it to say that I found it very convincing.
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Michael Pregill Oct 10
Replying to @shahanSean
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this argument, and haven’t read the piece yet, but something that nags at me here: this is one more of the few “solid” historical references in the Quran down the drain, right?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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El Cabbage #BlackLivesMatter 🌊 Oct 10
Interesting. argues that the event described is the massacre of Jerusalem Christians by the Sasanians, but it seems like more and more scholars agree that Ashab al ‘Ukhdud are not the martyrs of Najran.
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Anthony Waggoner Oct 10
Threads like this make Twitter worthwhile
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Bareem Oct 13
Replying to @shahanSean
What about the ḥadīth in Saḥīḥ Muslim?
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Mostafa El-fekey Jun 3
Replying to @shahanSean
الترجمة العربية لورقة (أصحاب الأخدود) واطلع عليها الدكتور آدم مشكورا.
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