A Historical Analysis of the Quranic Concept of Lapidating Devils with Meteors

Document Type: Research Paper

Authors

1 Associate Professor of Quran and Hadith, Qom University, Iran

2 PhD Candidate in Comparative Exegesis, Qom University, Iran

Abstract

The Quranic concept of lapidating devils with meteors has received a variety of interpretations throughout Islamic history. In the past, it was interpreted to mean heavenly meteors thrown at devils in order to prevent them from giving ear to heavenly tidings. However, in the fourteenth century AH and as a result of modern scientific achievements, different non-literal interpretations were suggested. These interpretation and their place in the contemporary Quranic exegesis will be studied in this article.

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