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Gog And Magog In Mediaeval Arabic, Persian And Turkish Pros

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Mediaeval Arab writers and the few Persian and Turkish authors, who followed in their footsteps, did not ignore the motif of Gog and Magog and the barrier. Prose-writers and poets found their inspiration in the Koran, which had declared that the story is part of Revelation, and the Tradition had provided it with many details. The interpretation, however, often varied greatly. Geographers and historians described Gog and Magog and the barrier and tried to locate them, while scholars such as Ibn Khaldun and al-Biruni did their best to avoid the excesses of popular belief. Story-tellers availed themselves of the motif to provide popular entertainment. This chapter describes how Arab, Persian and Turkish prose-writers treat the motif.

Keywords: Gog and Magog; Koran; Mediaeval Arab writers; Persian authors; Turkish prose-writers



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