Brannon Wheeler

in Islamic Studies

ISBN: 9780195390155
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Show Summary Details


Moses is mentioned by name some 137 times in the Qurʾan, more than any other figure in the text. Because he is often associated with the stories of the Israelites, Muslim exegetes focus on the historical and mythological background of Moses as leader of the Israelites and relate the Qurʾanic accounts of Moses with the Prophet Muhammad and the early history of the Muslim community in Mecca and Medina. In part, Muslim scholars detail the parallels between the lives of Moses and Muhammad, including the flight to Midian and the Hijrah to Medina, and the challenges to Moses by the Israelites and Muhammad by the Jews of Medina. The shared importance of Moses as a foundational figure in other biblical religions and the significant overlap between the Bible and Qurʾan have resulted in considerable attention being given to the comparison of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic interpretations of Moses.

Article.  4501 words. 

Subjects: Islam

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.