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The “Torah,” the scripture revealed by God to Moses on Mount Sinai, is mentioned in the Qurʾān by name (Ar. Tawrāt) eighteen times, but a number of other terms are also used for the same revelation. The Arabic word Tawrāt clearly derives, if perhaps indirectly, from the Hebrew Torah, meaning law.¹ In keeping, however, with the widespread belief that the Qurʾān does not contain words of foreign origin, Muslim commentators traced it back to an Arabic root, viz. w-r-y, which means “to strike fire,” a reference to the light said to be in the Torah.² Some, like the exegetes Faḫr...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMuslim Perceptions and Receptions of the Bible
Subtitle of host publicationTexts and Studies
EditorsCamilla Adang, Sabine Schmidtke
Place of PublicationAtlanta, Georgia
Publisher Lockwood Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9781948488204
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameResources in Arabic and Islamic studies

RAMBI Publications

  • rambi
  • Islam -- Relations -- Judaism
  • Judaism -- Relations -- Islam
  • Moses -- (Biblical leader) -- Islamic interpretations
  • Qurʼan -- Relation to the Pentateuch


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