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MiraclesWonder and Meaning in World Religions$
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David L. Weddle

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814794159

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814794159.001.0001

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Islam

Islam

Signs of Divine Authority

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(p.177) 6 Islam
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Miracles
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David L. Weddle

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814794159.003.0006

This chapter examines the meaning and purpose of miracles in Islam. Miracles in Islamic tradition serve as signs of divine authority, interpreted as such by the community of believers who ascribe events of transcendent power to prophets, Imams, and saints. For many Muslims the only miracle in the present age was the revelation of the inimitable Qur'an to the illiterate Prophet Muhammad. As the final revelation of divine guidance to humanity, Sunnis believe that the Qur'an is the decisive intervention of God in history. Miracles associated with the life of Muhammad are signs of his divine authority and of his perfection in both body and spirit. For Shiites, miracles continue to have meaning as signs of authority invested in their Imams as guardians of the esoteric meaning of the Qur'an entrusted to Ali and transmitted through the spiritual lineage of his family.

Keywords:   Islam, Muslims, Muhammad, miracles, miracle stories, divine authority, Sunnis, Shiites, Qur'an

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