Muslims and the Bible, Biblicists and IslamThe author thinks that some of the Persian Islamic stories about Esther preserve very early pre-Islamic traditions.
Muslims have long known of the Bible and its contents. There, are, however, specific corners of the Bible that have been of especial interest to Muslims, not (merely) because they overlap with Muslim scriptural traditions but because they overlap with local, cultural ones.
See Also: Veiling Esther, Unveiling Her Story: The Reception of a Biblical Book in Islamic Lands, Oxford, 2018).
By Adam J. Silverstein
Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Bar Ilan, Tel Aviv
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