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The House Of Abraham And The House Of Amram: Genealogy, Patriarchal Authority, And Exegetical Professionalism

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Muslim ritual prayer suggests that the Islamic faith relies predominantly on patriarchal tradition. It singles out one particular prophetic genealogy as the model for the House of the Prophet Muhammad - namely, the House of Abraham, Al Ibrahim: This chapter focuses on a controversy kindled in Medina, between the time-honored heirs to the Abrahamic tradition, the Medinan Jews, and the Qurʾāic community. It provides a brief summary of Abraham's "Qurʾāic career". The chapter draws on the analysis of the Meccan texts and traces a religious-political development reflected in the substantially new reading the Christian stories were given in Medina. However, the theological implications connected with the female-dominated genealogical group, the House of Amram cannot be accommodated into the Qurʾāic discourse except by means of the exegetical professionalism that is cultivated in the House of Abraham, namely, the notion of the multiple "faces" of scripture.

Keywords: exegetical professionalism; House of Abraham; House of Amram; Islamic faith; Meccan texts; Medina; Muslim ritual prayer; patriarchal tradition; prophetic genealogy; Qurʾanic community



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