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Substantive (or proper name) found in the qurʾānic expression aṣḥāb al-ukhdūd ( q 85:4):

[They] were destroyed, the men of the furnace (aṣḥāb al-ukhdūd), a fire (q.v.) abundantly fed, while they were sitting by it, and they were witnesses of what they did to believers (see belief and unbelief ), and they ill-treated them for no other reason than that they believed in God ( q 85:4-9).

Islamic tradition is almost unanimous in identifying these aṣḥāb al-ukhdūd with those involved in the persecution at Najrān (q.v.; a large oasis in southern Saudi Arabia, on the border with Yemen [q.v.]), in No…

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Robin, Christian Julien, “[Al-]Ukhdūd”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00435>

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