What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary

What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary by Parvez Dewan epub pdf fb2

Title: What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary
Author: Parvez Dewan
ISBN10: 8170493137
ISBN13: 978-8170493136
Publisher: Manas Publications (2006)
Language: English
Subcategory: Islam
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What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text and Commentary by Parvez Dewan


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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.