What the Koran Really Says

What the Koran Really Says

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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.
Publisher: Amherst, NY : Prometheus Books, 2002
ISBN: 9781573929455
157392945X
Branch Call Number: 297.122 What
297.122 What
Characteristics: 782 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Ibn Warraq

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Sep 04, 2016

I highly recommend this book. Unlike the Bible, the Koran has not been subject to scholarly analysis--at least not that the general public knows about. This book does just that with articles by various scholars about the Koran and early Islamic history. It turns out that there is little factual basis for the story about Muslims bursting out of Arabia inspired by a prophet to spread their new faith. As far as can be told from independent sources the Arab invasion was gradual, without an particular religious content, and the Koran and the stories about Mohammed and Islam gradually evolved among Arabs living in what is now Iraq, Syria and Palestine in the 7th and 8th centuries.

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