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David
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David, the Biblical king of the Israelites, is described in the Qurʾān as a divinely-appointed leader and the recipient of a divine book (al-zabūr). In later Islamic traditions, inspired by Qurʾānic references to David’s repentance, he is praised for his rigor in prayer and fasting. He is also presented as a figure of righteous authority, who was at once a king and a prophet. David is particularly important to the religious architecture of Islamic Jerusalem.

1. David in the Qurʾān

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Reynolds, Gabriel Said, “David”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Everett Rowson. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_25921>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004225459, 2012, 2012-3



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