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, an Arabic term covering three kinds of narratives, which are found in the commentators on the Ḳurʾān, the mystics, the compilers of edifying histories and writers on various levels. 1. Narratives regarded as historical, which served to complement the often summary information provided by the revealed Book in respect of the personages in the Bible ( Tawrāt and Ind̲j̲īl ), particularly the prophets ( Ḳiṣāṣ al-anbiyāʾ ).

2. Edifying narratives placed within the chronological (but entirely undefined) framework of “the period of the (ancient) Israelites” ( ʿahd Banī Isrāʾīl ).

3. Fables …

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Vajda, G., “Isrāʾīliyyāt”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 20 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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