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Joseph
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The son of Jacob (q.v.; Yaʿqūb), whose story is told in Sūrat Yūsuf (“Joseph”), the twelfth sūra of the Qurʾān. This sūra is devoted to the story of Joseph (Yūsuf) and, as such, it is the Qurʾān's longest sustained narrative of one character's life. The sūra's 111 verses ( āyāt) relate events in Joseph's life ranging from his youthful conversations with his father Jacob and his brothers (see benjamin; brother and brotherhood), conversations that lead to Joseph's exile and imprisonment, to the resolution of the family's conflicts through divine guidance and inspiration (see revelation a…

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Goldman, S., “Joseph”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00241>



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