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Bibil Identifier bibil:137506
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Crippled ummah
Title (English, ) Toward Redefining golah in Ezra-Nehemiah
Author Cataldo, Jeremiah
Journal The Bible and Critical Theory (Volume: 4, Issue: 1)
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 1-17 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The main objective of this investigation is an articulated definition of the term and concept golah that is tenable within social-scientific method. Through a cross-cultural comparison of the nature and organisation of the ummah under Muhammad in Yathrib/Medina with the nature and organisation the golah community in Yehud, this investigation will argue that the golah community (as portrayed in Ezra-Nehemiah) compares in many ways with the ummah, a ‘religious tribe.’ As a result, the ummah can be used as a cross-cultural model against which to refine a definition of golah, comparing the idealised portrait of the community in Ezra-Nehemiah with the ‘portrait’ arrived at through cross-cultural analysis. By analysing key structural components of the ummah and comparing those components with those of the golah community, this study will highlight some of the structural and characteristic traits of the golah community. It should be noted that my discussion of the term ummah focuses on its structure and purpose in Yathrib rather than on the more evolved and evolving theological usage of the term in the Quran.
DOI 10.2104/bc080006
Terms אֻמָּה אמה
גּוֹלָה גולה גלה
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