Encyclopaedia Islamica

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Encyclopaedia Islamica Online is based on the abridged and edited translation of the Persian Dāʾirat al-Maʿārif-i Buzurg-i Islāmī, one of the most comprehensive sources on Islam and the Muslim world. A unique feature of the Encyclopaedia Islamica Online lies in the attention given to Shiʿi Islam and its rich and diverse heritage. In addition to providing entries on important themes, subjects and personages in Islam generally, Encyclopaedia Islamica Online offers the Western reader an opportunity to appreciate the various dimensions of Shiʿi Islam, the Persian contribution to Islamic civilization, and the spiritual dimensions of the Islamic tradition.

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Author(s): Touliyati, Samaneh | Faramarz Haj Manouchehri | Translated by Farshid Kazemi
Goliath (Jālūt), is the name of a person mentioned in the Qurʾān, who was killed by the prophet David in a battle with King Saul (Ṭālūt). There is a close parallel between the stories of Goliath in the Islamic tradition and the description of Goliath in the Bible.Goliath in the Old TestamentIn the Old Testament, Goliath is said to be from the city of Gath (1 Samuel, 17:4; 2 Samuel 21:19–22; 1 Chronicles, 20:5, 8), and is described as having extraordinary physical features, such as measuring 6 cubits and a span and possessing a powerful body (1 S…
Date: 2022-10-14