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Ahl al-Kitāb
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Ahl al-Kitāb (the ‘People of the Book’ or the ‘Possessors of Scripture’), is a term applied to the adherents of the religions who believe in revealed scripture. In Islamic culture it refers chiefly to Jews and Christians.

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Ahmad Pakatchi and Translated by Jawad Qasemi, “Ahl al-Kitāb”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_0200>
First published online: 2015

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