Discovering the Qur'an A Contemporary Approach to a Veiled Text

ISBN-10: 1589010248

ISBN-13: 9781589010246

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Neal Robinson

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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 2/12/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990

List of Transliterations
List of Maps and Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
The Qur'an as Experienced by Muslims
Listening to the Qur'an
Having the Qur'an by heart
The Qur'an in everyday life
Anchoring the Revelations in Space and Time
The miracles attributed to the Prophet
Combing the Qur'an for clues to its provenance
Qur'anic clues to the date of the revelations
Early biographies of Muhammad
A plausible chronological framework for the revelations
Concluding discussion
An Alternative Account of the Rise of Islam
Stepping outside the Islamic tradition
Critical appraisal
Traditional Resources for Determining the Chronological Order of the Surahs
Reports about the occasions of the revelation
Literature about abrogating and abrogated ayahs
Traditional lists of Meccan and Madinan surahs
The surah headings in the standard Egyptian edition
Western Attempts at Dating the Revelations
The Noldeke-Schwally classification of the surahs
The difficulties involved in dating individual surahs
Bell's attempt at dating the surahs and surah sections
The best working hypothesis?
Concluding discussion
Morphology, Structure and Coherence
The Formal Elements in the 'Early Meccan' Surahs
Surah openings
Eschatological sections
Narrative sections
Signs sections
Revelation sections
Polemical sections
Didactic questions and answers
Messenger sections
The Structure of the Meccan Surahs
'Early Meccan' surahs in a single register
'Early Meccan' surahs in two registers
'Early Meccan' surahs in three registers
Bipartite 'early Meccan' surahs in four or more registers
Other 'early Meccan' surahs in four or more registers
'Middle and late Meccan' surahs with narrative sections
Other 'middle and late Meccan' surahs
The interrelationships of the registers in the Meccan surahs
The Interrelation of Structure, Sound and Meaning in Three Meccan Surahs
The integrity of Surah 103
The role of word-play in Surah 104
Structure, sound and meaning in Surah 78
The Integrative Role of Sound and Intertextuality
Surah 79: 'Has the account of Moses reached thee?'
Surah 17: The Night Journey
The Madinan Surahs
The survival and adaptation of the six principal registers
The refrains which mention the divine names
Introduction to Surah 2
Surah 2: The prologue (vv.1-39)
Surah 2: Criticism of the Children of Israel (vv.40-121)
Surah 2: The Abrahamic legacy (vv.122-152)
Surah 2: Legislation for the new nation (vv.153-242)
Surah 2: The struggle to liberate the Ka'bah (vv.243-283)
Surah 2: The epilogue (vv.284-286)
The Dynamics of the Qur'anic Discourse
The implied speaker as both 'We' and 'He'
The implied speaker as 'I'
The implied speaker and embedded speakers
The omniscient perspective of the implied speaker
The implied privileged addressee
The objectification of the Messenger
Sudden changes in person and number
The Order of the Surahs: The Decreasing-Length Rule
The surahs and their names
The decreasing-length rule: alleged precedents and parallels
Explaining the exceptions to the decreasing-length rule
The alleged order of the surahs in the manuscripts of Ibn Mas'ud and Ubayy
The dovetailing of consecutive surahs
The Order of the Surahs: Islahi's Explanation
Summary of Islahi's views
Islahi's analysis of Surahs 50-66
Evaluation of Islahi's approach
Islahi's approach and the exceptions to the decreasing-length rule
Table for converting ayah numbers
A note on English translations of the Qur'an
Index of references to the Bible and Pseudepigrapha
Index of Qur'anic passages
Index of persons
Subject index
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