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Yūsuf and Zulayk̲h̲ā
(2,633 words)

, a popular story in mediaeval Islamic literature.

1. In Persian literature.

The Biblical story of Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, who later received the name of Zulayk̲h̲ā, entered into Persian literature mainly through Arabic sources, consisting first of Sūrat Yūsuf (XII) of the Ḳurʾān, and then of commentaries on this “most beautiful of stories” and traditions on the lives of ancient Prophets ( ḳiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ [q.v.]). The many additions to the story as it was told in the holy scriptures were derived from the Hebrew Midrash and Christian works in Syriac (cf. …

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Bruijn, J.T.P. de and Flemming, Barbara, “Yūsuf and Zulayk̲h̲ā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_1370>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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