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PEOPLE OF THE BOOK

PEOPLE OF THE BOOK. Qur'anic in origin, the term ahl al-kitdb refers mainly to Jews, Christians, and (less frequently) the Sabaeans as possessors of previous revealed books. It was sometimes applied also to other communities. Zoroastrians were most prominent here, although even polytheists were sometimes thus categorized. In the case of the Jews and Christians, there were known books associated with them: al-Tawrdh (the Torah), al -Zabur (the Psalms), and al -Injil (the Gospel). Though consid ...more

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