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Polemics (Muslim-Jewish)
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    1.   The Qurʾān and Its Exegesis

The Muslim polemic against Judaism and its adherents is a phenomenon as old as Islam, and the Qurʾān was its very first source. Its sūras, especially the ones from the period of Muḥammad’s preaching in Medina (622–632 C.E.), proffer the following arguments among others: unlike the Christians, the Jews are hostile to the Prophet and the Muslims; the cumbersome Jewish laws, especially the dietary laws, were a punishment from God for the Jews’ disobedience, but are now lifted by the new dispe…

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Camilla Adang and Sabine Schmidtke, “Polemics (Muslim-Jewish)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0017750>
First published online: 2010

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