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

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

by Ibn Warraq


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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.

Product Details

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

About 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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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.