The QurÆan in its Historical Context

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-11-29
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Providing commentary on the controversial revisionist school of Qur?anic studies, this book explores the origins, scholarship and development of the Qur'an. The collection of articles, each written by a distinguished author, treat very familiar passages of the Qur?an in a new and very original manner, combining thorough philology, historical anthropology, and cultural history. The main methodological issue examined in the manuscript is the Syriac Christian influence on the Qur'an, especially as typified by recent works by Luxenberg, currently the hottest issue in the study of early Islam.

Table of Contents

List of imagesp. vii
Notes on contributorsp. viii
Forewordp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiv
Map: locations cited in the present volumep. xv
Introduction: Qur'anic studies and its controversiesp. 1
Linguistic and historical evidencep. 27
The Qur'an in recent scholarship: challenges and desideratap. 29
Epigraphy and the linguistic background to the Qur'anp. 51
Recent research on the construction of the Qur'anp. 70
Reconsidering the authorship of the Qur'an: is the Qur'an partly the fruit of a progressive and collective work?p. 88
Christian lore and the Arabic Qur'an: the "Companions of the Cave" in Surat al-Kahf and in Syriac Christian traditionp. 109
The religious context of the late antique Near Eastp. 139
The theological Christian influence on the Qur'an: a reflectionp. 141
Mary in the Qur'an: a reexamination of her presentationp. 163
The Alexander Legend in the Qur'an 18:83-102p. 175
Beyond single words: Ma'ida - Shaytan - jibt and taghut. Mechanisms of transmission into the Ethiopic (Ge'ez) Bible and the Qur'anic textp. 204
Nascent Islam in the seventh century Syriac sourcesp. 217
Critical study of the Qur'an and the Muslim exegetical traditionp. 223
Notes on medieval and modern emendations of the Qur'anp. 225
Syriac in the Qur'an: classical Muslim theoriesp. 249
Bibliographyp. 262
Index of Biblical versesp. 283
Index of Qur'anic versesp. 285
Index of people, places and subjectsp. 289
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