An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur'an by Andrew G. Bannister PDF

By Andrew G. Bannister

The Qur’an makes vast use of older spiritual 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 manner into the Qur’an. This specified booklet argues that this debate has principally been characterised through a failure to totally savor the Qur’an as a predominately oral product.

Using leading edge automated linguistic research, this learn demonstrates that the Qur’an screens a number of the symptoms of oral composition which were present in different conventional literature. whilst one then combines those automatic 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 was once an oral performer) those a number of traces of proof converge and element to the belief that giant parts of the Qur’an must be understood as being built 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 built particularly for this ebook, Bannister argues that the consequences of orality have lengthy been ignored in stories of the Qur’an. via moving the Islamic scripture firmly again into an oral context, one earnings either a clean appreciation of the Qur’an by itself phrases, in addition to a clean realizing of ways Muhammad used early spiritual traditions, retelling outdated stories afresh for a brand new audience.

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