Circumcision in Early Islam

Yehonatan Carmeli

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The article asserts that verses 124–130 in the second sūrah of the Qur'ān (al-Baqara/“The Cow”) alludes to the biblical precept (Genesis 17) but presents the practice as a custom that has no special virtues, and certainly not those the Jews ascribed to it. It then claims that circumcision is identified as one of Abraham’s trials, which are mentioned in the Qur'ān and thus part of early Islam, and that this idea did not arise in the Middle Ages.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289-311
Number of pages23
JournalIslam - Zeitschrift fur Geschichte und Kultur des Islamischen Orients
Issue number2
StatePublished - 31 Oct 2022

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  • Genesis 17
  • Millat Ibrāhīm
  • Pre-Islamic Arabia
  • Qur'ān
  • Sibghat Allāh
  • circumcision


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