The martyrdom of the Sevensleepers in transformation: from Syriac Christianity to the Qur'an and to the Dutch-Iranian writer Kader Abdolah

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMartyrdom, canonization, contestation and afterlife
EditorsJan Willem van Henten, Ihab Saloul
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press/WRR
Pages241-254
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9789462988187
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameHeritage and memory studies

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    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.