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Abraham's antagonist. Nimrod was, as is told in the Bible, the first potentate on earth. His empire included Babel and the surrounding countries (Gen 10:8-12). According to Islamic tradition, Abraham (q.v.) was his contemporary. Although Nimrod (Ar. Namrūd) is not named in the Qurʾān, he is, according to the exegetical literature ( tafsīr, see exegesis of the qurʾān: classical and medieval ), the qurʾānic tyrant who pretends to be able to give life (q.v.) and death (see death and the dead ), a claim which Abraham successfully refutes ( q 2:258). Nimrod is also said to have been the …

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Busse, Heribert, “Nimrod”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 13 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00300>

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