Jewish and Christian origins of Islamic prayer Laws

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The close and mutually fruitful ties between the Jewish tradition and the Muslim tradition are topics that scholars have been intensely dealing with for the past 200 years. The times of the prayers in Islam were formulated as a result of textual influence of Judaism and Christianity, that penetrated Islamic literature through the Jewish and Christian converts. It is my opinion that Quran 2:238: “Observe the Prayers and the Middle Prayer” is a metamorphosis of the Talmudic expression: “One must always be careful of the ‘Mincha' prayer. In Muslim literature itself, one can find reference to the idea that the extra holiness of the afternoon prayer in Islam was influenced by early Jewish and Christian texts. The Muslim tradition portrays the Jews and the Christians as neglecting prayer, so that it is the antithesis of the Muslims who are very strict when it comes to prayer. This tendentious description is for theological and polemic purposes in order to justify the existence of Muslims as part of the newly chosen nation.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2019
Event22nd Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association - Mediterranean Studies Association, University of Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
Duration: 29 May 20191 Jun 2019 (Website)


Conference22nd Annual International Congress of the Mediterranean Studies Association
CityUniversity of Rethymnon, Crete
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