The Religious Connotation of the Islamic Dragon

Ahmed K. al-Rawi

Abstract

This paper traces the Islamic dragon or ‘Tinnîn’ (terms used interchangeably) to its Sumerian and Babylonian roots and follows its cultural and religious transformation. Based on evidence from philology and Hebrew and Islamic texts, this study argues that Islam has borrowed the mythical notion of the dragon from the Sumerians and Babylonians who introduced it to Judaism, and which has later become integrated into Arabic culture as an intrinsic Islamic belief.

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Fabula is an international medium of discussion for all issues relevant to historical and comparative folk narrative research. The article section deals with the study of popular narrative tradition in its various forms (folktales, legends, jokes and anecdotes, exempla, fables, ballads, pictorial media, contemporary genres, etc.) and with the interrelationship between oral and literary traditions.

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