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Ḏh̲u ’l-Kifl
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is an individual mentioned in the Ḳorʾān 21, 85, 38, 48, in connection with a series of prophets, whose identity is wrapped in uncertainty. The Muslim commentators have only a very hazy conception of him and hesitatingly identify him with various people, chiefly Biblical personages like Joshua, Elijah, Zachariah, or Ezekiel. Ḏh̲u ’l-Kifl is a name of the prophet just as four other prophets have two names (Yaʿḳūb: Isrāʾīl; Yūnus: Ḏh̲u ’l-Nūn; ʿĪsā: al-Masīḥ; Muḥammad: Aḥmad). The view is more definitely advanced (Ṭabarī, Annales, i. 364, Mud̲j̲īr al-Dīn, al-Uns al-Ḏj̲alīl, p. 68), t…

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Goldziher, I., “Ḏh̲u ’l-Kifl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 23 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_COM_0047>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936



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