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

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Overview

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: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 420
  • Sales rank: 848,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.59 (w) x 8.36 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Meet the Author

Ibn Warraq is the highly acclaimed author of Why I Am Not a Muslim, Virgins? What Virgins?, and Defending the West. He is also the editor of The Origins of the Koran, What the Koran Really Says, Leaving Islam, The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, and Which Koran?.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 9
2 The Koran 36
3 'Uthman and the recension of the Koran 67
4 Three ancient Korans 76
5 The transmission of the Koran 97
6 Materials for the history of the text of the Koran 114
7 Progress in the study of the Koran text 135
8 A variant text of the Fatiha 145
9 Abu 'Ubaid on the verses missing from the Koran 150
10 Textual variations of the Koran 154
11 What did Muhammad borrow from Judaism? 165
12 The sources of Islam 227
13 The Jewish foundation of Islam 293
14 Literary analysis of Koran, Tafsir, and Sira : the methodologies of John Wansbrough 351
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