Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936)

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, in the Bible Rachel, wife of Jacob, mother of Joseph and Benjamin, is not mentioned in the Ḳurʾān. There is however a reference to her in Sūra iv. 27: “Ye may not have two sisters to wife at the same time; if it has been done formerly God now exercises pardon and mercy”. This is said to allude to Jacob’s marriage with Liyā and. Rāḥīl; before Moses revealed the Tora, such a marriage was valid. Ṭabarī gives this explanation in the Annals, i. 356, 359 sq. Ibn al-At̲h̲īr, p. 90, adopts it. But already in Tafsīr, iv. 210, Ṭabarī explains the verse correctly: Muḥammad forbids for the future ma…

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Heller, B., “Rāḥīl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, First Edition (1913-1936), Edited by M. Th. Houtsma, T.W. Arnold, R. Basset, R. Hartmann. Consulted online on 02 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-871X_ei1_SIM_3659>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004082656, 1913-1936

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