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By Andrew G. Bannister

ISBN-10: 0739183575

ISBN-13: 9780739183571

ISBN-10: 1498557104

ISBN-13: 9781498557108

The Qur’an makes huge use of older non secular fabric, tales, and traditions that predate the origins of Islam, and there has lengthy been a fierce debate approximately how this fabric came upon its means into the Qur’an. This distinct ebook argues that this debate has principally been characterised by way of a failure to completely take pleasure in the Qur’an as a predominately oral product.

Using leading edge automated linguistic research, this research demonstrates that the Qur’an monitors a few of the symptoms of oral composition which were present in different conventional literature. whilst one then combines those automated effects with different clues to the Qur’an’s origins (such because the demonstrably oral tradition that either predated and preceded the Qur’an, in addition to the “folk reminiscence” within the Islamic culture that Muhammad used to be an oral performer) those a number of strains of proof converge and aspect to the belief that enormous parts of the Qur’an have to be understood as being developed stay, in oral performance.

Combining historic, linguistic, and statistical research, a lot of it made attainable for the 1st time as a result of new automated instruments constructed particularly for this publication, Bannister argues that the consequences of orality have lengthy been missed in experiences of the Qur’an. via moving the Islamic scripture firmly again into an oral context, one profits either a clean appreciation of the Qur’an by itself phrases, in addition to a clean realizing of the way Muhammad used early non secular traditions, retelling outdated stories afresh for a brand new audience.

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