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Creation and the Teaching of the Qur'an

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O'Shaughnessy Thomas J.
"Biblica et Orientalia" 40
1985 pp. VI-102



The Qur'an often proposes God's creative activity as a proof of His beneficence and of His power to accomplish the final resurrection of mankind. The way creation is described shows the influence of Jewish biblical and talmudic tradition. The present study tries to determine the Qur'anic teaching on creation as an activity attributed properly to God and said to originate from "nothing". It inquires into the Qur'anic account of man's creation, since the Qur'an like the Bible describes man's origin from seed but also from clay or drust.

Thomas J. O'Shaughnessy received an M.A. from Loyola University of Chicago and a S.T.D. from Gregorian University in Rome. He studied Arabic in Lebanon.

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