The Women in the Life of the Prophet Moses

Barbara Freyer Stowasser

in Women in the Qur'an, Traditions, and Interpretation

Published in print February 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111484
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853397 | DOI:
The Women in the Life of the Prophet Moses

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The Qur'an cites the stories of women which are associated with Moses: mother, sister, foster mother, as well as wife. His foster mother was the faithful wife of the dictator Pharaoh; she was the one who saved Moses' life and raised him from infancy “under God's eye” in the house of God's enemy. Moses' wife was the daughter of an old flock herder in whose service he spent several years before being initiated to prophethood. The revelations on the events in Moses' life in which these women contributed a portion belongs to the middle and late Meccan periods. Only the verse on Pharaoh's wife whose faithfulness is revealed as “an example to the believers” is dated to the late Medinan period and there she is associated with the Virgin Mary.

Keywords: Moses; Pharaoh; wife; foster mother; Virgin Mary; Meccan period; Medinan period

Chapter.  2710 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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