Muhammad's Jewish wives: Rayhana bint Zayd and Safiya bint Huyayy in the classic Islamic tradition
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This paper focuses on the circulation of the Testament of Abraham (TAbr) within its Romanian sociohistorical context in an effort to determine how it is this first-century Alexandrian Jewish narrative found cultural relevance in eighteenth-century Romanian society. Textual analysis shows this Greek apocryphon to have been thoroughly "romanianized," reflecting a high degree of interaction between its narrative and social worlds. TAbr circulated outside the monasteries, suggesting that monks intended this text to be read by members of the literate <em>boier,</em> or noble class, who might find in Abraham the model of an exemplary "noble man" and remember the impoverished populace living on their own estates.
Yitzhak, Ronen. (2007), Muhammad's Jewish wives: Rayhana bint Zayd and Safiya bint Huyayy in the classic Islamic tradition. Journal of Religion & Society, 9.
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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