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Balaʿam In Early Koranic Commentaries

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Balʿam or Balʿām, as Balaam is known in Arabic, does not occur in the Koran. From the earliest period of Koranic commentary it is the tafsīr of Muqātil ibn Sulaymān (d. 150/767) which provides a more or less detailed coherent whole: Balʿām, the son of Bāʿūrā, the son of Māth, the son of Ḥarrāz, the son of Āzar of the people of ʿAmmān had been given God's greatest name. As far as Balʿam is concerned, this does not add much to what was written by G. Vajda in the Encyclopaedia of Islam. Not much more can be said about the reception of Balʿām's story in the early Koranic commentaries. In these, there is not much reflection on the different aspects of the story, except for one.

Keywords: Balʿam; early Koranic commentaries; Encyclopaedia of Islam; Muqātil ibn Sulaymān



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