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Isrāʾīliyyāt are extra-scriptural narrative supplements to the Qur’ān. The name derives from both their content and their origin. Traditionally, the term applies to narratives about the Children of Israel, the Banū Isrāʾīl. More commonly, it refers to stories and traditions about biblical figures, prophets, whose narratives are also often known as qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ (Stories of the Prophets). Traditional accounts of their origin explain that these stories entered the Islamic corpus through Jewish, and sometimes Christian, converts to Islam, such as Kaʽb al-Aḥbār and ʽAbdallah ib…

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Shari Lowin, “Isrā’īliyyāt”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 18 October 2021
First published online: 2010

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