Origins of the Koran, The: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book [NOOK Book]

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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. The Origins of the Koran is an attempt to remedy this deficiency by bringing together classic critical essays which raise key issues ...
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Origins of the Koran, The: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book

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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. The Origins of the Koran 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.

Ibn Warraq is the highly acclaimed author of Why I Am Not a Muslim 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615921461
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 730,764
  • File size: 740 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2012

    Disappointed!

    Disappointed! to begin with, the author seems to spend too much time talking about dialects, dots, and vowels (In arabic, vowels are indicated by dots and strokes), and to grasp the subtleties of what he is talking about you need to have a good knowledge of the arabic language.  But even if you knew the language, is that really an issue that matters?  Then he goes at length about how much Mohammad borrowed from the jews but there is nothing new about that.  Mohammad himself would have told you that.  The author does discuss how the compilation of the Koran came about at some length but I hoped he would have dissected it, analyzed it, and to have expounded more on its contradictions; he did very little of that.  I also expected a little more about Mohammad himself.  That's a man who wrote a whole book, or at least most of it, telling people how to live their lives and there is much that can be learned about a man by what he wrote but there is very little of that in this book.  Granted, the title is "The Origins", but you expect more.  He closes by reproducing some articles by some other people but those too seemed to be thick read.  And that's it; I have just summarized the whole book for you.  I liked better his book "Why I am not a Muslim" but even there I found only one chapter that stood out for me.  This story hasn't been told yet, and the author seems to be overrated, but I'll give him three stars for trying and for being one of a very few who did so.  The world needs light.   Furthermore, you'll find a jewel here and there, but after much digging.

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