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Discovering the Qur'an : A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text - Neal Robinson

Discovering the Qur'an

A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text

Paperback Published: 28th February 2004
ISBN: 9781589010246
Number Of Pages: 360
For Ages: 22+ years old

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This latest edition of Discovering the Qur'an includes a new preface by the author. Used by students around the world as a reliable guide to reading a translation of the Qur'an, it shows how the Qur'an is experienced by Muslims, describing the rhythmic and rhyme scheme structures, the context in which it is heard, the part played by learning by heart, and the importance of calligraphy. It is also about the Qur'an and its relationship to Muhammed, as well as helping to divine the ordering of the surahs or chapters. In an English-speaking world newly sensitized to Islam and its believers, Discovering the Qur'an will be an invaluable tool to greater understanding.

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Based on a magisterial command of Arabic, English, French, and German sources [Discovering the Qur'an is] a major analysis of the internal coherence of the Qur'an, taking into account the interrelationship of structure, intertextuality, meaning, and sound. Muslim World Book Review An intelligent, sophisticated, and provocative book on a perplexing subject. International Journal of Middle East Studies

Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Introduction Part One: Phenomenology 1. The Qur'an as Experienced by Muslims Listening to the Qur'an Having the Qur'an by heart The Qur'an in everyday life Part Two: Chronology 2. Anchoring the Revelations in Space and Time Introduction The miracles attributed to the Prophet Combing the Qur'an for clues to its provenance Qur'anic clues to the date of the revelations Early biographies of Muhammad A plausible chronological framework for the revelations Concluding discussion 3. An Alternative Account of the Rise of Islam Introduction Stepping outside the Islamic tradition Critical appraisal Conclusion 4. Traditional Resources for Determining the Chronological Order of the SurahsIntroduction Reports about the occasions of the revelation Literature about abrogating and abrogated ayahs Traditional lists of Meccan and Madinan surahs The surah headings in the standard Egyptian edition Conclusion 5. Western Attempts at Dating the Revelations Introduction The Noldeke-Schwally classification of the surahs The difficulties involved in dating individual surahs Bell's attempt at dating the surahs and surah sections The best working hypothesis? Concluding discussion Part Three: Morphology, Structure and Coherence 6. The Formal Elements in the 'Early Meccan' Surahs Introduction Surah openings Oaths Eschatological sections Narrative sections Signs sections Revelation sections Polemical sections Didactic questions and answers Messenger sections Miscellaneous Conclusion 7. The Structure of the Meccan SurahsIntroduction 'Early Meccan' surahs in a single register 'Early Meccan' surahs in two registers 'Early Meccan' surahs in three registers Bipartite 'early Meccan' surahs in four or more registersOther 'early Meccan' surahs in four or more registers'Middle and late Meccan' surahs with narrative sectionsOther 'middle and late Meccan' surahsThe interrelationships of the registers in the Meccan surahs 8. The Interrelation of Structure, Sound and Meaning in Three Meccan SurahsIntroductionThe integrity of Surah 103The role of word-play in Surah 104 Structure, sound and meaning in Surah 78 9. The Integrative Role of Sound and Intertextuality IntroductionSurah 79: 'Has the account of Moses reached thee?' Surah 17: The Night Journey 10. The Madinan Surahs IntroductionThe survival and adaptation of the six principal registersThe refrains which mention the divine namesIntroduction to Surah 2Surah 2: The prologue (vv.1-39) Surah 2: Criticism of the Children of Israel (vv.40-121) Surah 2: The Abrahamic legacy (vv.122-152) Surah 2: Legislation for the new nation (vv.153-242)Surah 2: The struggle to liberate the Ka'bah (vv.243-283) Surah 2: The epilogue (vv.284-286) 11. The Dynamics of the Qur'anic DiscourseIntroduction The implied speaker as both 'We' and 'He' The implied speaker as 'I' The implied speaker and embedded speakers The omniscient perspective of the implied speaker The implied privileged addressee The objectification of the Messenger Sudden changes in person and number Conclusion 12. The Order of the Surahs: The Decreasing-Length RuleIntroductionThe surahs and their names The decreasing-length rule: alleged precedents and parallelsExplaining the exceptions to the decreasing-length rule The alleged order of the surahs in the manuscripts of Ibn Mas'ud and UbayyThe dovetailing of consecutive surahsConclusion 13. The Order of the Surahs: Islahi's Explanation IntroductionSummary of Islahi's viewsIslahi's analysis of Surahs 50-66 Evaluation of Islahi's approach Islahi's approach and the exceptions to the decreasing-length rule Conclusion PostscriptAppendix A: Table for converting ayah numbers Appendix B: A note on English translations of the Qur'anBibliography Notes IndexesIndex of references to the Bible and Pseudepigrapha Index of Qur'anic passages Index of persons Subject index

ISBN: 9781589010246
ISBN-10: 1589010248
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 28th February 2004
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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