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

By Andrew G. Bannister

The Qur’an makes vast 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 stumbled on its manner into the Qur’an. This distinct ebook argues that this debate has mostly been characterised via a failure to totally savor the Qur’an as a predominately oral product.

Using leading edge automated linguistic research, this research demonstrates that the Qur’an screens some of the indicators of oral composition which have been present in different conventional literature. while 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 traces of facts converge and element to the realization that giant parts of the Qur’an must be understood as being developed 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 constructed in particular for this e-book, Bannister argues that the consequences of orality have lengthy been ignored in experiences 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Qur’an by itself phrases, in addition to a clean knowing of ways Muhammad used early spiritual traditions, retelling outdated stories afresh for a brand new audience.

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