The sevensleepers of Efesus is a miracle story in early Christianity. It was transformed into a text of the Qur'an (Sura the cave), and in modernity has been taken up in Kader Abdolah's novel Spijkerschrift. The topic of martyrdom and freedom of religion has disappeared somewhat in the Qur'an but resurfaces in Abdolah's novel, a moving account of protest against the Khomeiny regime.
|Title of host publication||Martyrdom, canonization, contestation and afterlife|
|Editors||Jan Willem van Henten, Ihab Saloul|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publisher||Amsterdam University Press/WRR|
|Number of pages||10|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|
|Name||Heritage and memory studies|
Poorthuis, M. (2020). The martyrdom of the Sevensleepers in transformation: from Syriac Christianity to the Qur'an and to the Dutch-Iranian writer Kader Abdolah. In J. W. van Henten, & I. Saloul (Eds.), Martyrdom, canonization, contestation and afterlife (pp. 241-254). (Heritage and memory studies). Amsterdam University Press/WRR.