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Children of Israel
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The term “Children of Israel” (Banū Isrāʾīl) is generally used in the Qurʾān—as it was earlier in the Bible, in its Hebrew form, Benei Yisraʾel—for the Israelites of the time of Moses.

1. The Qurʾānic evidence

The Children of Israel are also referred to as Moses’s “people” (qawm, e.g., Q 2:54, 60, 67; 7:128, 142, 155). As in the Bible (Genesis 32:29), Jacob is called “Israel” (Ar., Isrāʾīl) in the Qurʾān (3:93). And, as in the Bible (e.g., Genesis 36:31), the …

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Rubin, Uri, “Children of Israel”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, THREE, Edited by: Kate Fleet, Gudrun Krämer, Denis Matringe, John Nawas, Devin J. Stewart. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_ei3_COM_24398>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: 9789004203549, 2011, 2011-2

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