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Hārūn b. ʿImrān
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, the Aaron of the Bible. The Arabic form of the name derives from the Syro-Palestinian. The Ḳurʾān, which mentions him from the second Meccan period onwards, places him in its lines of prophets, associating him, as does the book of Exodus, with Moses at the time of the flight from Egypt [see firʿawn ] and accords him a rôle in the making of the Golden Calf, in which, however, the initiative is attributed to the “Sāmirī” [q.v.]. Ibn Ḥazm, on the other hand, severely criticized the Biblical account, which he regarded as falsified. Hārūn is also the brother of Maryam [q.v.], but this name is give…

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Eisenberg, G. and Vajda, G., “Hārūn b. ʿImrān”, 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 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_2745>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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