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Islam, Christianity and the Realms of the MiraculousA Comparative Exploration$
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Ian Richard Netton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780748699063

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748699063.001.0001

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Wood and Stone

Wood and Stone

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Islam, Christianity and the Realms of the Miraculous

Ian Richard Netton

Edinburgh University Press

The proto-miracles here are those associated with the wooden Ark of Gilgamesh and Noah (Nuh). In the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Qur’anic and Old Testament accounts of the Great Flood the Ark is a symbol of salvation.Miracle in this section may be defined as a direct intervention in human affairs by the divinity or an angel.Within the framework of this section the myth of Atlantis is explored in view of its affinities with the universal Flood story. The next section of this chapter is entitled Ark of the Covenant: the Virgin in the House and it surveys and analyses the stone Christian shrine at Walsingham, the Ka‘ba in Mecca and the miraculous events associated with the building of these two shrines, Walsingham by the Lady Richeldis and the Ka‘ba by Adam and/or Ibrahim and Isma ‘il. In the building of both these shrines the figures of the Angel Gabriel (Jibril), other angels and the Virgin Mary (Maryam) figure powerfully.

Keywords:   Gilgamesh, Noah (Nuh), Atlantis, Ark, Ark of the Covenant, Walsingham, Ka‘ba, Mary (Maryam), Gabriel (Jibril), Lady Richeldis

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