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The Mesopotamian Flood Epic In The Earliest Texts, The Bible, And The Qurʾan

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Almost every culture throughout recorded history has maintained a tale of an epic flood. It is impossible to speak of a creation myth or a flood story because almost every culture, nation, and/or community has its own version of these crucial tales. Noah passes the people on to, by various accounts, either Abraham or Muhammad directly. So for the purpose of this chapter, The Qurʾan stands alone as the Islamic window onto the exploits of Noah and his ark. The flood plot is one of the oldest and most ubiquitous in the world, outstripped, perhaps only by the universality of creation tales. As a consequence of the Qurʾan focusing on the struggle of Noah to save people before the flood as opposed to the flood itself, it in several places stresses that Noah was not sent to persuade people by miracles.

Keywords: Islamic window; Noah; Qurʾan



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