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Sabians

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Author(s): de Blois, François
A religious community mentioned three times in the Qurʾān. The Sabians ( ṣābiʾūn) should not be confused with the Sabaeans, the inhabitants of Sabaʾ, the biblical Sheba, a famous ancient nation in south Arabia (see sheba; bilqīs; pre-islamic arabia and the qurʾān;south arabia, ¶ religion in pre-islamic). The identity of the Sabians has puzzled both medieval and modern scholarship. q 2:62 states: “As for those who have believed and those who have professed Judaism and the Naṣārā and the Sabians: those who believed in God and the last day and did good, they shall have …