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Sinai
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The triangularly shaped peninsula that witnessed the wanderings of the Israelites after their flight from Egypt on the way to their promised land in Canaan, under the leadership of Moses (q.v.); the scene of the latter's miracles (q.v.) and, above all, the region where the Decalogue was given and God's covenant (q.v.) with Israel (q.v.) concluded. All of these matters are recorded in many of the sūras (q.v.) of the Qurʾān, with variations from the biblical accounts (see narratives; children of israel).

The term Sinai appears twice in the Qurʾān, in q 23:20 as saynāʾ and in q 95:2 as sīnīn, pos…

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Shahīd, Irfan, “Sinai”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 21 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00390>



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