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18:94 Who are the Gog and Magog?

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They said: “O Zul-qarnain! the Gog and Magog (People) do great mischief on earth: shall we then render thee tribute in order that thou mightest erect a barrier between us and them?

This is the form in which these names (in Arabic, Yajuj and Majuj) have achieved currency in
European languages on the basis of certain vague references to them in the Bible (Genesis x, 2,
I Chronicles i, 5, Ezekiel xxxviii, 2 and xxxix, 6, Revelation of St. John xx, 8). Most of the
post-classical commentators identify these tribes with the Mongols and Tatars (see note 100


Asad, Muhammad (1980). The Message of the Quran.

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