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Dialogues
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Conversations between two or more persons. Dialogue is an important and frequently occurring feature of qurʾānic style. Direct speech, in fact, predominates in many sūras while narration (see narratives ) occupies relatively little space.

Of the four periods into which the qurʾānic sūras are usually divided (three Meccan and one Medinan; see chronology and the qurʾān ), the second and third Meccan periods are especially rich in dialogue. The lack of dialogue in the sūras from the early period may be explained by the fact that, throughout the first Meccan period, the Quraysh (q.v.) igno…

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Mir, Mustansir, “Dialogues”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 20 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00118>



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