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Punishment Stories
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The Qurʾān contains many stories, overwhelmingly from the Meccan period (see chronology and the qurʾān ), which describe God's destruction of unbelieving communities in the generations before Muḥammad (see belief and unbelief ). A key feature of these stories, at least in their more developed forms, is the encounter between a messenger (q.v.) and the particular community to which he is sent to preach God's message. Th…

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Marshall, David, “Punishment Stories”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 31 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQCOM_00162>

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