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Routledge Studies in the Qur'an


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In its examination of critical issues in the scholarly study of the Qur'an and its commentaries, this series targets the disciplines of archaeology, history, textual history, anthropology, theology and literary criticism. The contemporary relevance of the Qur'an in the Muslim world, its role in politics and in legal debates are also dealt with, as are debates surrounding Quranic studies in the Muslim world.

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Literary Structures of Religious Meaning in the Qu'ran

Literary Structures of Religious Meaning in the Qu'ran

1st Edition

By Issa J Boullata
June 08, 2009

This volume studies how the literary elements in the Qur'an function in conveying its religious message effectively. It is divided into three parts. Part one includes studies of the whole Qur'an or large segments of it belonging to one historical period of its revelation; these studies concentrate ...

Interpreting al-Tha'labi's Tales of the Prophets Temptation, Responsibility and Loss

Interpreting al-Tha'labi's Tales of the Prophets: Temptation, Responsibility and Loss

1st Edition

By Marianna Klar
June 24, 2013

Al-Tha’labi was a renowned Qur’anic scholar of the fifth/eleventh century, and his ‘Ara’is al-majalis is arguably the finest and most widely consulted example of the Islamic qisas al-anbiya’ genre. Drawing on primary Arabic sources, Klar applies modern critical methods in order to explore the ...

The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period

The Development of Exegesis in Early Islam: The Authenticity of Muslim Literature from the Formative Period

1st Edition

By Herbert Berg
April 29, 2009

The most important debate in Islamic origins is that of the reliability of the lists of transmitters (isnads) that are said to guarantee the authenticity of the materials to which they are attached. Many scholars have come to the conclusion that most traditions (hadiths), which claim to preserve ...

Moses in the Qur'an and Islamic Exegesis

Moses in the Qur'an and Islamic Exegesis

1st Edition

By Brannon M. Wheeler
April 29, 2009

Relating the Muslim understanding of Moses in the Qur'an to the Epic of Gilgamesh, Alexander Romances, Aramaic Targums, Rabbinic Bible exegesis, and folklore from the ancient and medieval Mediterranean, this book shows how Muslim scholars authorize and identify themselves through allusions to the ...

The Qur'an and its Biblical Subtext

The Qur'an and its Biblical Subtext

1st Edition

By Gabriel Said Reynolds
March 15, 2012

This book challenges the dominant scholarly notion that the Qur’ān must be interpreted through the medieval commentaries shaped by the biography of the prophet Muhammad, arguing instead that the text is best read in light of Christian and Jewish scripture. The Qur’ān, in its use of allusions, ...

Textual Relations in the Qur'an Relevance, Coherence and Structure

Textual Relations in the Qur'an: Relevance, Coherence and Structure

1st Edition

By Salwa M. El-Awa
June 09, 2009

Representing a new development in the study of Qur'anic text, this book tackles the issue of Qur'anic text structure by fusing the fields of linguistics and Qur'anic studies. The Qur'an contains many long suras covering diverse topics but with no apparent common context within which such variety ...

The Qur’an in its Historical Context

The Qur’an in its Historical Context

1st Edition

Edited By Gabriel Reynolds
April 17, 2009

Providing commentary on the controversial revisionist school of Qur’anic studies, this book explores the origins, scholarship and development of the Qur'an. The collection of articles, each written by a distinguished author, treat very familiar passages of the Qur’an in an original manner, ...

Sufi Commentaries on the Qur'an in Classical Islam

Sufi Commentaries on the Qur'an in Classical Islam

1st Edition

By Kristin Sands
August 01, 2008

Meeting the ever increasing interest in Islam and Sufism, this book is the first comprehensive study of Sufi Qur’anic commentaries and includes translations of many writings previously unavailable in English. It examines the shared hermeneutical assumptions of Sufi writers and the diversity in ...

Biblical Prophets in the Qur'an and Muslim Literature

Biblical Prophets in the Qur'an and Muslim Literature

1st Edition

By Roberto Tottoli
December 14, 2001

Part 1 is a comprehensive study of the Qur'anic data about each prophet, with a full portrait of every figure and dealing also with all the major scholarly literature on the subject and with the Qur'anic concept of prophetology. Part 2 is a history and study of the general Muslim literature dealing...

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