What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary / Edition 1

What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary / Edition 1

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by Ibn Warraq
     
 

ISBN-10: 157392945X

ISBN-13: 9781573929455

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Prometheus Books

This excellent collection of critical commentaries on the Koran brings together outstanding articles by noted scholars from the beginning of the 20th century to recent times. These important studies, as well as the editor's own lengthy introduction, show that little about the text of the Koran can be taken at face value. Among the fascinating topics discussed is

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This excellent collection of critical commentaries on the Koran brings together outstanding articles by noted scholars from the beginning of the 20th century to recent times. These important studies, as well as the editor's own lengthy introduction, show that little about the text of the Koran can be taken at face value. Among the fascinating topics discussed is evidence that early Muslims did not understand Muhammad's original revelation, that the ninth-century explosion of literary activity was designed to organize and make sense of an often incoherent text, and that much of the traditions surrounding Muhammad's life were fabricated long after his death in an attempt to give meaning to the Koran. Also of interest are suggestions that Coptic and other Christian sources heavily influenced much of the text and that some passages reflect even an Essenian background reaching back to the community of the Dead Sea Scrolls. This valuable compilation will be a welcome resource to interested lay readers and scholars alike.

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ISBN-13:
9781573929455
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
600
Sales rank:
845,940
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.31(h) x 1.84(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments13
Transliteration and Other Technical Matters17
Pt. 1Introduction
1Introduction23
2What Is the Koran?107
Pt. 2Background
2Towards a Prehistory of Islam131
Pt. 3A Question of Language
1Syriac Influence on the Style of the Koran171
2Some Additions to Prof. Jeffery's Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur'an193
3The Arabic Readers of the Koran201
4The Beginnings of Classical Arabic211
5The Role of the Bedouins as Arbiters in Linguistic Questions and the Mas'ala Az-Zunburiyya228
6Some Suggestions to Qur'an Translators238
Pt. 4Sources of the Koran: Essenian, Christian, Coptic
1Introduction to the Dead Sea Scrolls245
2The Qumran Scrolls and the Qur'an251
3An Essenian Tradition in the Koran268
4A Qumranian Expression in the Koran283
5A Possible Coptic Source of a Qur'anic Text288
6Introduction to Raimund Kobert296
7The Shahadat az-zur: The False Witness301
8On the Meaning of the Three Final Words of Sura XXII.30-31303
9Early and Later Exegesis of the Koran: A Supplement to Or 35311
Pt. 5Suras, Suras, Suras
1Introduction to Sura IX.29319
2Some Minor Problems in the Qur'an322
3Koran IX.29343
4A Propos de Qur'an IX.29: Hatta Yu'tu L-Gizyata wa-hum Sagiruna348
5The Ancient Arab Background of the Koranic Concept al-Gizatu 'an Yadin350
6"'An Yadin" (Qur'an IX.29): An Attempt at Interpretation364
7Koran and Tafsir: The Case of "an Yadin"372
8Koran XXV.1: Al-Furqan and the "Warner"387
9The Buddha Comes to China391
10The Secret Identity of Dhu l-Kifl394
Pt. 6Emendations, Interpolations
1Studies Contributing to Criticism and Exegesis of the Koran399
2A Qur'anic Interpolation436
3Regarding Qur'an CI.6462
4Three Difficult Passages in the Koran466
5A Strange Reading in the Qur'an481
6Some Proposed Emendations to the Text of the Koran488
Pt. 7Richard Bell: Introduction and Commentary
1Introduction to Richard Bell517
2From Introduction to the Qur'an524
3From A Commentary on the Qur'an553
Pt. 8Poetry and the Koran
1The Strophic Structure of the Koran625
2On the Koran647
3On Pre-Islamic Christian Strophic Poetical Texts in the Koran: A Critical Look at the Work of Gunter Luling653
Pt. 9Manuscripts
1The Problem of Dating the Early Qur'ans713
2Observations on Early Qur'an Manuscripts in San'a'739
App. A: Abbreviations747
App. BConverting Flugel Koranic Verse Numbers into Standard Egyptian751
App. C: Glossary753
App. DThe Genetic Relationship among Semitic Languages763
App. ESemitic Languages Family Tree764
App. FOrigin of the Alphabet765
App. GDevelopment of Aramaic Scripts766
App. HA Comparative Table of Hebrew, Syriac, and Arabic Scripts768
App. IA Comparative Table of Nabataean and Arabic769
App. JNabataean and Arabic Inscriptions770
App. KThe Arabic Alphabet774
App. LA Dot or Two Can Make All the Difference775
App. MArabia and the Near East776
App. N: List of Contributors777

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What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
groucho42 More than 1 year ago
An excellent review edited by a Muslim scholar. It describes the state of Islamic jurisprudence. Considering the heart of the faith is founded on the unchanging word of the Koran, it's important to understand what it really says. Note that ibn Wariq is a pen name and that his appearances in public require extensive security. He was brought up as a Muslim and his honest presentation of the faith means that his life is in danger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really wanted to get something out of this book that I could use in my college class on Islam but the arguments and points the author made were so illogical that I couldnt use any of them. I thought this book would be objective but I guess the guy just is trying to use emotion in most of this. arguments in this book. The book had one or two points I was interested in but overall it was really not even worth the time.