Satanic Verses

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Term coined by Sir William Muir in his Life of Mahomet (1858), used in reference to the report recorded by al-Tabari (d. 923) that Satan interjected in surah 53:19–20 words recognizing the intercessory powers of the pre-Islamic Arabian deities al-Lat, al-Uzzah, and al-Manat. According to the report, these “Satanic verses” were later repealed (see Quran 22:51–52). Also the name of a controversial novel by Salman Rushdie (1989).

Subjects: Islam.

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