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Book: The Qur'an

Chapter: 6. Livestock

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43738


This sūra emphasizes the creative power of the one God, especially as manifested in the ‘signs’ of an ordered natural world. On that basis it attacks the folly of idolatry, charging that other so-called gods are really ‘jinn.’ The story of Abraham’s rejection of idols is repeated, and a parallel is drawn between the ‘religion’ of Abraham and the Prophet, as well as between the ‘Books’ given to Moses and the Prophet. Its title is a reference to the practice of dedicating ‘livestock’ to other gods besides God (Q6.136–139).

Chapter Contributors

  • A.J. Droge ( - adroge)