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Discovering the Qur'an: A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text
This latest edition of Discovering the Qur'an includes a new preface by the author. Used by students around the world as a reliable guide to reading a translation of the Qur'an, it shows how the Qur'an is experienced by Muslims, describing the rhythmic and rhyme scheme structures, the context in which it is heard, the part played by learning by heart, and the importance of ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published February 12th 2004 by Georgetown University Press
(first published March 1st 1997)
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Very good careful technical introduction to the way the Qur'an works as a text, with particular attention to the sound of words. Contains a useful summary and rebuttal of the Hagarism thesis. Adopts a more conservative attitude to textual criticism than more radical western scholars (arguing for instance that the Surahs are not a mere patchwork of editorial activity). Persuasively argues for a single author (skirting around the Muslim claim for the divine nature of the author!) while helpfully s ...more