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Archaeology and the Qurʾān
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At present the field of archaeology has little to contribute to an understanding of the Qurʾān and the milieu in which Islam arose. Archaeological excavations are taboo in Mecca (q.v.) and Mecca (q.v.) and only a few other excavations or surveys have yet taken place in the Arabian peninsula that shed much light on the topic.

The pioneering work on historical geography and on the initial survey and collections of inscriptions in the Arabian peninsula began at the end of the nineteenth century with such explorers as Alois Musil in northern Arabia and Eduard Glaser in the Yemen, but only a lim…

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Schick, Robert, “Archaeology and the Qurʾān”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00031>

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