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The Qur'an's Reformation of Judaism and Christianity

Return to the Origins, 1st Edition

Edited by Holger M. Zellentin


366 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This volume explores the relationship between the Qur’an and aspects of the Jewish and Christian tradition in the spirit of continuity and reform. The chapters examine the Qur’an’s retelling of biblical narratives, as well as its reaction to a wide array of topics that mark Late Antique religious discourse, including eschatology and ritual purity, prophetology and paganism, and heresiology and Christology.

Several emerging and established scholars explore the many ways in which the Qur’an updates, transforms, and challenges religious practice, beliefs, and narratives that Late Antique Jews and Christians had developed in dialogue with the Bible. The volume establishes the Qur’an’s often unique perspective alongside its surprising continuity with Judaism and Christianity. Chapters focus on individual surahs and on intra-Qur’anic parallels, on the Qur’an’s relationship to pre-Islamic Arabian culture, on its intertextuality and its literary intricacy, and on its legal and moral framework. It illustrates a move away from the problematic paradigm of cultural influence and instead emphasizes the Qur’an’s attempt to reform the religious landscape of its time.

The Qur'an's Reformation of Judaism and Christianity offers new insight into the Islamic Scripture as a whole and into recent methodological developments, providing a compelling snapshot of the burgeoning field of Qur’anic studies. It is a key resource for students and scholars interested in Religion, Islamic, and Middle East Studies.

Table of Contents


1. The Qur’an and the Reformation of Judaism and Christianity Holger Zellentin

Part I: The Qur’an, the Bible, and the Islamic Tradition

2.What would Ibn Taymiyya make of intertextual study of the Qur’an? The challenge of the isrāʾīliyyāt Jon Hoover

3. Prophecy and Writing in the Qur’an, or: Why Muhammad was not a Scribe Islam Dayeh

4. A "Religious Transformation in Late Antiquity": Qur’anic Refigurations of Pagan-Arab Ideals Based on Biblical Models Angelika Neuwirth

5. Meccan Gods, Jesus’ Divinity: An Analysis of Surah 43 (al-Zukhruf) Walid A. Saleh

Part II: The Qur’an and the Bible

6.Ritual Law from the Bible to the Qur’an: The Case of Sexual Purity and Illicit Intercourse Holger Zellentin

7. David and Solomon: Antecedents, Modalities and Consequences of their Twinship in the Qur’an Geneviève Gobillot

Part III: The Qur’an and Judaism

8. Pharaoh’s Submission to God in the Qur’an and in Rabbinic Literature: A Case Study in Qur’anic Intertextuality Nicolai Sinai

9. The Eschatological Counter-Discourse in the Qur’an and in Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin Mehdi Azaiez Part IV: The Qur’an and Christianity

10.Thrice upon a Time: Abraham’s Guests and the Study of Intra-Qur’anic Parallels Joseph Witztum

11."Killing the Prophets and Stoning the Messengers": Two Themes in the Qur’an and their Background Gerald Hawting

12. On the Qur’an and Christian Heresies Gabriel Said Reynolds

13. Reflections on the Qur’an, Christianity and Inter-textuality Mary B. Cunningham

About the Editor

Holger Zellentin teaches Judaism at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include Talmudic culture and Qur’anic law; his publications include Law and Literature from the Bible to the Qur’an (forthcoming) and The Qur?an’s Legal Culture: The Didascalia Apostolorum as a Point of Departure (2013).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in the Qur'an

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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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / Islam / Koran & Sacred Writings
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies