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Elisha
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A prophet who is mentioned in two verses in the Qurʾān. In the first ( q 6:86), Elisha (al-Yasaʿ) is cited together with Ishmael (q.v.), Jonah (q.v.) and Lot (q.v.), where it is said that they were elevated above the rest of creation(wa-kullan faḍḍalnā ʿalā l-ʿālamīna). Elisha is mentioned in a second verse ( q 38:48), along with Ishmael and Dhū l-Kifl (q.v.), where it is said that “all are among the excellent” (wa-kullun mina l- akhyāri). The Qurʾān does not contain any details about his life and limits itself to mentioning his name together with those of other prophets (see prophets and proph…

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Tottoli, Roberto, “Elisha”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00130>



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