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Polytheists

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam What is This? Covers the religious, political, and social spheres of global Islam in the modern world

    Polytheists

    Arabic mushrikun. Those who associate [other things with God. Persons or societies who ascribe divinity to objects and beings other than or along with God. Muhammad 's prophetic mission was to teach the Arab polytheists monotheism (Quran 6:137; 29:41; 43:15, 16). The Quran classifies Jews and Christians as “People of the Book” but also labels them as polytheists—Jews for adhering to concepts of divine national selection, and Christians for their doctrines of the Trinity and Incarnation (Quran 2:94–95; 5:18; 62:6; 98). Muslim reformers denounce the Sufi practices of seeking intercession of saints and veneration of their tombs as polytheistic.

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