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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
This book surveys and analyzes changes in religious groups and identities in late antique Arabia, ca. 300-700 CE. It engages with contemporary and material evidence: for example, inscriptions, archaeological remains, Arabic poetry, the Qurʾān, and the so-called Constitution of Medina. Also, it suggests ways to deal with the later Arabic historiographical and other literary texts. The issue of social identities and their processes are central to the study. For instance, how did Arabian ethnic and religious identities intersect on the eve of Islam? The book suggests that the changes in social groups were more piecemeal than previously thought.
In: Understanding the Spiritual Meaning of Jerusalem in Three Abrahamic Religions
In: Religious Identities in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
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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.