The Origins of the Koran: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book / Edition 1

The Origins of the Koran: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book / Edition 1

by Ibn Warraq
     
 

ISBN-10: 157392198X

ISBN-13: 9781573921985

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Prometheus Books

This volume rejects the notion that Islam's sacred text is error free and cannot be critically evaluated. The study of the Koran must develop and mature. Scholars of Islam are of course familiar with the book's many errors and contradictions, but these inherent flaws have rarely been revealed to a wider public. This book is an attempt to remedy this deficiency by

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This volume rejects the notion that Islam's sacred text is error free and cannot be critically evaluated. The study of the Koran must develop and mature. Scholars of Islam are of course familiar with the book's many errors and contradictions, but these inherent flaws have rarely been revealed to a wider public. This book is an attempt to remedy this deficiency by bringing together classic critical essays which raise key issues surrounding Islam's holy book.

Divided into four parts, this important anthology begins with Theodor Nöldeke's first truly scientific study of the Koran. Part Two focuses on the difficulty of establishing a reliable Koranic text, while Part Three examines the Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian sources of Muhammad's "revelation." Part Four is a consideration of the controversial interpretations of contemporary scholar John Wansbrough, who questions the historical reliability of the earliest Islamic sources.

This superb collection, which includes additional selections from Leone Caetani, Arthur Jeffery, David Margoliouth, Andrew Rippin, C.C. Torrey, and more, will prove indispensable to scholars and all those interested in the textual underpinning of one of the fastest growing religions in the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573921985
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
420
Product dimensions:
5.59(w) x 8.36(h) x 1.09(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction9
2The Koran36
3'Uthman and the recension of the Koran67
4Three ancient Korans76
5The transmission of the Koran97
6Materials for the history of the text of the Koran114
7Progress in the study of the Koran text135
8A variant text of the Fatiha145
9Abu 'Ubaid on the verses missing from the Koran150
10Textual variations of the Koran154
11What did Muhammad borrow from Judaism?165
12The sources of Islam227
13The Jewish foundation of Islam293
14Literary analysis of Koran, Tafsir, and Sira : the methodologies of John Wansbrough351

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