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Title: The Qur'anic punishment-narratives
Author: Marshall, David Evelyn
ISNI:       0000 0004 2727 3439
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 1996
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The Qur'anic punishment-narratives have received comparatively little academic attention, but are a source of valuable insights into Muhammad's experience at Mecca. They reflect the expectation that God would intervene in this world to punish the unbelievers and vindicate the believers. They also reflect the painful complexity of Muhammad's situation at Mecca: he is torn between conflicting impulses towards attachment to his people and obedience to God. A tendency to deny the former impulse for the sake of the latter is apparent in later Meccan passages. The Hijrah raises the question of how the threat to the unbelievers of divine punishment in this world will be fulfilled. In a process within which the battle of Badr is the key moment, this threat is fulfilled but transformed. The unbelievers are indeed punished in this world, but this divine intervention is now mediated through the believers, a possibility not anticipated at Mecca, and a once-for-all act of devastation is replaced with a gradual military and political campaign. In this transition from Meccant o Medinanp aradigmsth e narrative content of the Qur'an changes significantly, and the Qur'an as a whole presents a very different understanding of the triangular relationship between, firstly, God; secondly, the messenger and his community; and, thirdly, the unbelievers.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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