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Zechariah
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The father of John the Baptist (q.v.) in both the Bible and Qurʾān. Zechariah (Zakariyyā) is mentioned in four qurʾānic passages ( q 3:37-44; 6:85 [a passing reference]; 19:2-15; 21:89-90). He is not directly named as a prophet ( nabī) but by implication is included in the collective references to prophets at q 19:58 and prophethood ( nubuwwa) at q 6:89 (see prophets and prophethood ). The qurʾānic story (see narratives ) of Zechariah and John is always linked to that of Mary (q.v.) and Jesus (q.v.).

The fullest account of Zechariah occurs at q 19:2-15. There he is portrayed as a pious o…

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Marshall, David, “Zechariah”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00471>



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