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An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur'an - download pdf or read online

By Andrew G. Bannister

ISBN-10: 0739183575

ISBN-13: 9780739183571

The Qur’an makes broad use of older spiritual fabric, tales, and traditions that predate the origins of Islam, and there has lengthy been a fierce debate approximately how this fabric stumbled on its means into the Qur’an. This certain ebook argues that this debate has principally been characterised by way of a failure to completely enjoy the Qur’an as a predominately oral product.

Using cutting edge automatic linguistic research, this learn demonstrates that the Qur’an monitors a number of the indicators of oral composition which have been present in different conventional literature. while one then combines those automatic effects with different clues to the Qur’an’s origins (such because the demonstrably oral tradition that either predated and preceded the Qur’an, in addition to the “folk reminiscence” within the Islamic culture that Muhammad was once an oral performer) those a number of strains of facts converge and aspect to the realization that giant parts of the Qur’an have to be understood as being built dwell, in oral performance.

Combining historic, linguistic, and statistical research, a lot of it made attainable for the 1st time because of new automatic instruments constructed particularly for this booklet, Bannister argues that the consequences of orality have lengthy been missed in stories of the Qur’an. by means of moving the Islamic scripture firmly again into an oral context, one earnings either a clean appreciation of the Qur’an by itself phrases, in addition to a clean realizing of the way Muhammad used early spiritual traditions, retelling previous stories afresh for a brand new audience.

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310/923), Al-Zamakhsharī (d. 538/1144), AlRāzī (d. 606/1210) and Ibn Kathīr (d. indb 19 3/24/14 6:46 AM 20 Chapter 1 between the Qur’an and the Biblicist tradition, this was simply not a question that was considered or explored. Early writers, like Muqātil (d. 150/767) who were in favor of reporting Biblicist traditions to explain or flesh out the qur’anic narrative, often fell from favor over a time,42 a fate that also struck Tha‘labī (d. 43 This highly traditionalist approach to the Qur’an can also be found across a wide range of contemporary Muslim writers.

62–63. 34. Although this theme is displaced until the battle of wits between Adam and Satan to see who can correctly name the various animals. 35. The term ‘hard critical’ is preferable to ‘revisionist’ as it can more comfortably include somebody such as John Burton, who while wildly rewriting much of early Islamic history ends up positing a Qur’an that was more or less edited into its present form by Muhammad himself. See John Burton, The Collection of the Qur’an (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977).

8. Cf. 293; Penrice, Dictionary, 25. 9. Bodman, The Poetics of Iblīs, 160 notes that ‘the attention of the passage changes abruptly’ at this point. 10. Richard Bell, The Qur’ān: Translated with Critical Rearrangement of the Sūrahs, 2 Volumes (Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1937) I. 242–244. 11. Richard Bell agrees with this analysis, suggesting that vv 115–126 are a unit and vv 116–117 has been ‘patched in’: Bell, Qur’ān I. 293. 12. Rightly noted by Bodman, The Poetics of Iblīs, 177. 13. Brandon M. Wheeler, Prophets in the Qur’an: An Introduction to the Qur’an and Muslim Exegesis (New York: Continuum, 2002), 20–21 considers the sura 15 episode to begin at v 26 and that in sura 38 to run from v 67–88.

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