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Rāḥīl
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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. Al-Ṭabarī gives this explanation in his Annals , i, 356, 359-60. Ibn al-At̲h̲īr, i, 90, adopts it. But already in Tafsīr , iv, 210, al-Ṭabarī explains the verse correctly: Muḥammad forbids for the…

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Heller, B., “Rāḥīl”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_6193>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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