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Satanic Verses
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Name given by western scholarship to an incident known in the Muslim tradition as “the story of the cranes” ( qiṣṣat al-gharānīq) or “the story of the maidens.” According to various versions, this is the assertion that the prophet Muḥammad once mistook words suggested to him by Satan as divine revelation (see revelation and inspiration; devil); that is to say, as verses of the Qurʾān — the words reportedly interpolated by Satan are called the “satanic verses.” The historicity of the satanic verses incident is strenuously rejected by modern Islamic orthodoxy, often on pain of takfīr (being…

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Ahmed, Shahab, “Satanic Verses”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 12 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00372>

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