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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 219 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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IBLIS, or EBLis, in Moslem mythology the counterpart of the Christian and Jewish devil. He figures oftener in the Koran under the name Shaitan, Iblis being mentioned r 1 times, whereas Shaitan appears in 87 passages. He is chief of the spirits of evil, and his personality is adapted to that of his Jewish prototype. Iblis rebelled against Allah and was expelled from Paradise. The Koranic legend is that his fall was a punishment for his refusal to worship Adam. Condemned to death he was afterwards respited till the judgment day (Koran vii. 13). See Gustav Well, The Bible, the Koran and the Talmud (London, 1846).
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