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The Quran in Its Historical Context (Routledge Studies in the Qur'an) Paperback – December 2, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0415491693 ISBN-10: 041549169X

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041549169X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415491693
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The Muslim World Book Review:

Islamic Thought and Sources

The Qur'an in its historical context. Edited by G.S. Reynolds, ISBN 9780415428996.

This book (Qur'an) came to prominence not because of its scholarly credentials but largely due to the extensive media coverage about one of its many critically discredited suggestions that the Qur'anic "Hurin 'Ayn" is a Syriac loan phrase meaning 'white grapes' and not the 'houries of paradise' mentioneed in today's Qur'an.] [ The book under review is based on the papers delivered at an academic gathering at the university of Notre Dame in 2005 which was motivated by the work of luxenberg. It is divided into three main sections. The historical context of the Qur'an is discussed first by examining the linguistic/historical evidence; second, by looking at the religious context of the late antique Near East and, finally, by exploring critically the Qur'an scholarship within the Muslim exegetical tradition.] [ The second part of the book explores the religious context of the late antique Near East which begins with a reflection by Samir Khalil Samir who tries to prove the 'obvious' influence of Christian theology on the Qur'an.

'The tenor of argument by the various contributors provides an example of the much-needed positive engagement between the ‘traditionalists’ and the ‘modernists’ in Qur’anic studies, such that the historical and textual minutiae of the Book will continue to inspire scholarly and dispassionate intellectual discourses.' - AMIDU OLALEKAN SANNI; Journal of Qur’anic Studies 13.1 (2011)

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gabriel Said Reynolds is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame, where he specializes in Qur'anic Studies.

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Gabriel Said Reynolds is Professor of Islamic Studies ad Theology at Notre Dame. His research is focused above all on the Qur'ān and Muslim-Christian relations. He wrote a dissertation on the remarkable Islamic history of Christianity of ʿAbd al-Jabbar (d. 1025); the dissertation won the Field Prize at Yale and was published (Brill 2004) as A Muslim Theologian in the Sectarian Milieu. Reynolds also prepared an introduction and translation of this history, published by (BYU 2008) as The Critique of Christian Origins.At Notre Dame Reynolds has organized two international conferences (2005, 2009) on the Qur'ān, and edited the acts of the conferences as The Qur'ān in Its Historical Context (Routledge 2008) and New Perspectives on the Qur'ān: The Qur'ān in Its Historical Context 2 (Routledge 2011). In 2012-13 Prof. Reynolds directed, along with Mehdi Azaiez, "The Qurʾān Seminar" a year-long project with a team of 28 international scholars to produce a collaborative scholarly commentary on the Qurʾān. Together with Emran El-Badawi he is the co-director of The International Qurʾanic Studies Association (

Reynolds' principal work on the Qurʾan is The Qur'ān and Its Biblical Subtext (Routledge 2010). He has also published The Emergence of Islam (Fortress, 2012), a work written especially for courses which cover the Qurʾan, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, or the classical period of Islam.

Prof. Reynolds has also been a visiting professor at Université de Saint Joseph in Lebanon and Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He has conducted research and delivered lectures in cities throughout the Middle East, including Cairo, Jerusalem, Beirut, Damascus, and Tehran. In his spare time he follows Notre Dame football, plays soccer, and watches Bollywood movies. Prof. Reynolds and his wife Lourdes have four children: Luke, Emmanuel, Theresa, and René.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Goranson on December 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
[this is a review in progress, to be continued and revised]
This book is the well-edited fruit of a conference of scholars who used differing approaches to explore what can be known about the setting and origin of the Qur'an. It also helpfully reviews the many, and sometimes quite contradictory, proposed histories of the formation and transmission of this sacred canon. It includes discussion of traditional Islamic scholarship and of historical-critical religious studies approaches. This scholarly work invites comparisons and contrasts with the earlier sacred canons of Judaism and Christianity. Several essays advance scholarship on the essential text of Islam and encourage understanding of differing traditions.
Unfortunately, the book is quite expensive, making it affordable largely only to research libraries.
Table of Contents:
Foreword D. Madigan. Notes on Contributors. List of Images. Map: Locations Cited in the Present Volume. Abbreviations. Introduction: Qur'anic Studies and its Controversies G.S. Reynolds Part 1: Linguistic and Historical Evidence 1. The Qur'an in Recent Scholarship - Challenges and Desiderata F. Donner 2. Epigraphy and the Linguistic Background to the Qur'an R. Hoyland 3. Reconstructing the Qur'an: Emerging Insights G. Böwering 4. Reconsidering the Authorship of the Qur'an. Is the Qur'an Partly the Fruit of a Progressive and Collective Work? C. Gilliot 5. Christian Lore and the Arabic Qur'an: The "Companions of the Cave" in Surat al-Kahf and in Syriac Christian Tradition S. Griffith Part 2: The Religious Context of the Late Antique Near East 6. The Theological Christian Influence on the Qur'an: A Reflection S.K. Samir 7. Mary in the Qur'an: A Reexamination of Her Presentation S.A. Mourad 8.
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