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An Early Christian Arabic Account Of The Creation Of The World

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This chapter focuses of study, a poem of ʿAdī b. Zayd al-ʿIbādī (d. ca. 600) about the creation of the world and the fall of man, serves as an example of a text related to the literary milieu of the Qurʾan and helps to place the latter in the context of the culture and era in which it emerged. The subject of this chapter is a poetic work whose written form can be traced back to a time no less than two hundred and fifty years after its supposed composition at the end of the sixth century CE. Thomas Bauer accurately points to the unjustified neglect of early Arabic literature as a source for the contextual study of the Qurʾan. The chapter presents a poetic work that is directly linked thematically to the issue of the Qurʾan in context.

Keywords: Arabic literature; Qurʾan

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