Chapter

The Cow

in The Qur'an

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780192831934
Published online November 2007 |

Series: Oxford World's Classics

 The Cow

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This is a Medinan sura and the longest in the Quran, containing material revealed over several years, and named after the story of the cow which the Israelites were ordered to slaughter (verses 67ff.). The sura opens with a response to the plea for guidance in Sura i, The Opening, dividing mankind into three groups in their response to this guidancethe believers, the disbelievers, and the hypocritesand closes confirming the tenets of faith given in the opening verses (35). The addressee shifts as the sura progresses: at various times the text addresses mankind in general (verses 21ff.), where they are urged to serve God who has been so gracious to them (they are reminded that God created Adam and favoured him over the angels), the Children of Israel (verses 40ff.), who are reminded of God's special favours to them and urged to believe in scriptures that do indeed confirm their own, and the believers (verses 136ff.), who are given instruction in many areasprayer, fasting, pilgrimage, defence, marital law, and financial matters.

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Subjects: Society and Culture ; Islam

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