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 Al Aaraaf
(584 words)


Edgar Allan Poe

Date: 1829

Original Language: English


 Edgar Allan Poe did not speak Arabic and his knowledge of Islam was largely derived from secondary sources. Nevertheless, references to Islam and to Arab and Islamic culture appear throughout his works, in both short stories and poems. There are direct references to qur’anic material in the poems ‘Al Aaraaf’ and ‘Israfel’. Near the end of his only novella, The adventures of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Arabic script appears alon…

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Berman, Jacob, “ Al Aaraaf”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 21 November 2019 <>

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