Jalut (Goliath)

Identified in the Qur'an (2:249-51) as the giant leader of the army opposing Talut (Saul). Talut's forces are presented as Muslims believing that God will grant victory to the faithful. Jalut was killed by David in accordance with God's will. In modern Islamic rhetoric, Jalut is typically used as a symbol of the West. Goliath (جالو, جليات) is also a Biblical character described as a giant Philistine warrior defeated in one version by the young David, the future king of the ancient Israelites, according to a Biblical story told in the Books of Samuel.

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