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The Mothers of the Believers in the Qur'an

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111484.003.0009
The Mothers of the Believers in the Qur'an

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The Qur'an particularly addresses the Prophet's wives on a number of occasions; many other revelations are connected with members of their group in the Hadith literature. The honorific epithet “Mothers of the Believers” was revealed in a late Medinan verse. Muhammad's consorts play a significant role in the Qur'an-as-process. Their reception of specific divine guidance endows them with special dignity. In this manner, the Prophet's wives emerge within the Qur'anic context as examples of the principle of ethical individualism. The women's obedience to censure became the basis of their noble status.

Keywords: Qur'an; Prophet's wives; Mothers of the Believers; divine guidance; ethical individualism; special dignity

Chapter.  9733 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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