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In: Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions
Author: Ilkka Lindstedt

Abstract

The article discusses the Quran’s articulation of identity signs—practices, deeds, and visible aspects—that are used to delineate the ingroup (“the Believers”) from other groups. The article argues that the Quran explicitly states that the Jews and Christians (“the People of the Book”) also partake in and display many of the signs of identity alongside the Believers. According to the Quran, many People of the Book also subscribe to the same beliefs as the (other) Believers. The article proposes that the Quran categorizes some People of the Book as part of the community of Believers.

In: Religious Identities in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
In: Religious Identities in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
Volume Editors: Ilkka Lindstedt, Nina Nikki, and Riikka Tuori
Religious Identities in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages contains eight thought-provoking articles that discuss the formation of antique and early medieval religious identities and ideas in rabbinic Judaism, early Christianity, Islam, and Greco-Roman culture. The articles question the artificial disciplinary and conceptual boundaries between traditions. Instead, they stress their shared nature. The collection is a result of discussions at the international symposium “Ideas and Identities in Late Antiquity: Jews, Christians, and Muslims” at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies on March 12–13, 2018.