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Ahl al-kitāb
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Arabic term meaning “People of the Book,” i.e. in possession of a sacred scripture. The term recognizes the special status within the Islamic tradition up until the 19th century of specific non-Muslim groups in societies whose majorities were Muslim. It is based on the assumption of an original revelation that was the basic foundation of the different traditions of the religions…

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Emily Benichou Gottreich, Berkeley, “Ahl al-kitāb”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 01 October 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0007>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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