3. House of ‘Imrān
A.J. Droge [+]
This sūra opens with a pronouncement about the divine origin of the Qur’ān, including its relationship to the previous scriptures of Jews and Christians. After this come stories of Zachariah, Mary, Jesus and his disciples, and Abraham as a Muslim. Criticism of Jewish disbelief, exhortation to the believers, and encouragement in the aftermath of defeat occupy most of the remainder of the sūra. Its title derives from the reference to the ‘house of ‘Imrān’ at Q3.33.