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By Andrew G. Bannister

The Qur’an makes large 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 chanced on its approach into the Qur’an. This distinctive publication argues that this debate has mostly been characterised by means of a failure to totally have fun with the Qur’an as a predominately oral product.

Using cutting edge automatic linguistic research, this examine demonstrates that the Qur’an monitors the various 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 element to the belief that giant parts of the Qur’an must be understood as being built dwell, in oral performance.

Combining old, linguistic, and statistical research, a lot of it made attainable for the 1st time because of new automated instruments built particularly for this ebook, Bannister argues that the consequences of orality have lengthy been neglected in reports of the Qur’an. by way of 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by itself phrases, in addition to a clean figuring out of the way Muhammad used early non secular traditions, retelling outdated stories afresh for a brand new audience.

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