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Myths and Legends in the Qurʾān
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Myths are narratives that serve to explain and describe the experienced world by laying bare its archetypal patterns (see cosmology ); they are often staged in a cosmic or supernatural framework so as to manifest binding truths, to generate meaning and provide guidance. Legends, raising no such universal claim, may be understood as narratives of pious i…

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Neuwirth, Angelika, “Myths and Legends in the Qurʾān”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 21 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00129>



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