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Al-Burāq is, according to Islamic tradition, the flying steed of the prophets, upon which the prophet Muḥammad rode on his nighttime journey (isrāʾ) from Mecca to Jerusalem. For example, Ibn Isḥāq (d. c.151/773), in the section on the isrāʾ in his sīra, states that al-Burāq is “the animal whose every stride carried it as far as its eye could reach [and] on which the prophets before him [Muḥammad] used to ride.” He adds that al-Burāq was brought to the apostle in Mecca and that he rode on it to Jerusalem (Ibn Isḥāq, Life of Muḥammad, 182). Ibn Isḥāq includes a separate section on the Prop…

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Gruber, Christane J., “al-Burāq”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004234871, 2012, 2012-4

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