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Non Sola Scriptura
Essays on the Qur’an and Islam in Honour of William A. Graham

ISBN 9781032169286
Published August 3, 2022 by Routledge
346 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

William A. Graham is an influential and pioneering scholar of Islamic Studies at Harvard University. This volume brings together 17 contributions to the study of the Qur’an and Islam, all influenced by his work.

Contributions to this collection, by his colleagues and students, treat many different aspects of Islamic scripture, from textual interpretation and hermeneutics to recitation and parallels with the Bible. Other chapters tackle in diverse ways the question of what it means to be "Islamic" and how such an identity may be constituted and maintained in history, thought, and learning. A final section reflects on the career of William Graham and the relation of scholarship to the undervalued tasks of academic administration, especially where the study of religion is concerned.

This book will be of interest to readers of Islamic Studies, Qur’anic Studies, Islamic history, Religious Studies, scripture, exegesis, and history of the book. Given Graham’s role at the Harvard Divinity School, and the discussions of how he has shaped the study of religion, the volume should be of interest to readership across the study of religion as a whole.

Chapters 2 and 15 of this book are available for free in PDF format as Open Access from the individual product page at They have been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


William A. Graham: Vita and List of publications

Part I: Textual Studies on the Quran

1. The Written Torah and Oral Qur'an in Pagan Mecca: Towards a New Reading of Q 6:91 Mohsen Goudarzi

2. Qur’anic Anosmia Christian Lange

3. Mimesis and the Representation of Reality in the Qur’an Bruce Fudge

4. The Masjid in the Qur’an Kambiz GhaneaBassiri

Part II: Qur’an as Scripture

5. The Canonizations of the Qurʾan: Political Decrees or Community Practices? Shady Hekmat Nasser

6. Principles of Qur’anic Exegesis and Quranic Revelation in "Seven Ways of Reading": Revelation, Exegesis, the Religious Imaginaire, and Apologetics in Islam Claude Gilliot

7. The Word of God in the Bible and the Qur’an Mahmoud M. Ayoub

8. Al-Māturīdī (d. 333/944), Early Sunni Exegesis, and Muʿtazilism: Sura 67 and the Five Principles of Sunni Exegesis Walid A. Saleh

9. The Gināns: Betwixt Satpanthī Scripture and "Ismaili" Devotional Literature Ali S. Asani

10. The Holy Qur’an Whitney Bodman

Part III: The “Islamic” in Islamic History

11. Does Pre-modern Islamic Thought Allow for a Secular Realm? Roy P. Mottahedeh

12. The Present Absentee: The Prophet Muhammad in Jerusalem Angelika Neuwirth

13. And Muhammad Is His Messenger: The Role of Sunna and Hadith in the Formation of Islamic Identity Aisha Y. Musa

14. Crisis and Caliphate in the Spring of 865 Chase F. Robinson

15. People Versus Books Sarah Bowen Savant

Part IV: William A. Graham as Colleague and Administrator

16. Fifty Years as Colleagues: Pilgrims’ Progress Diana Eck

17. William A. Graham's Approach to Comparative Religion as Scholar, Teacher, and Administrator Raquel M. Ukeles


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Bruce Fudge is Professor of Arabic at the University of Geneva.

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri is Thomas Lamb Eliot Professor of Religion and Humanities at Reed College.

Christian Lange is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Utrecht University.

Sarah Bowen Savant is Professor of History at Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations.