Quraysh
(2,856 words)

Name of a tribe in Mecca (q.v.) to which Muḥammad belonged (for the meaning of the name, see Watt, Ḳuraysh). It is mentioned only once in the Qurʾān ( q 106:1), in a chapter dealing with their winter and summer caravans (see caravan ). The exegetes quote detailed traditions about their pre-Islamic commercial system which acquired international dimensions, their trade caravans being said to have reached as far as Byzantium in the north …

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Rubin, Uri, “Quraysh”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00164>



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