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Which Koran?: Variants, Manuscripts, Linguistics Hardcover – August 31, 2008
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The Articles which are listed are very interesting ,They talk about Linguistic , Variants and Manuscripts matters. However , the most interesting one in my opinion , was by the name of ( An Ancient Syriac Translation of the Kur'an Exhibiting new Verses and Variants) , written by Alphonso Mingana where a new verses of the Quran can be read.
The book brings many different readings which are different than the Standard readings hold by muslims today , and in many cases those readings give even a better meaning of the text. Some of those readings can challenge many orthodox Sunni doctrines. Such as the quran is kept on a Heavenly Tablet.
in conclusion , I recommend this book , to anyone who likes to know more about the different versions of the Quran .
This book is a collection of others' essays, grouped into four sections. Here are the sections in it:
-Part 1 is the introduction wherein Ibn Warraq repeats what he's said in all his other books.
-Part 2 concerns Qur'anic linguistics. It starts with a translation of a Noeldeke article. The upshot of it all is that the Qur'an is not written according to classical Arabic rules.
-Part 3 - manuscripts - consists almost entirely of articles by Jeffery and Mingana.
-Part 4 is about textual variants remembered in Islamic tradition, mostly Shi'ite.
There is nothing new in Part 1; and every.single.article. in Part 3 (except Ibn Warraq's own) may be found online, in sites with URLs containing catchphrases like "answering-islam" [excepting the Syriac photos in Mingana's article on BarSalibi's Qur'an]. In 1998, Ibn Warraq could get away with this - they weren't all online then and the Internet was just slower. It is now 2011. There's no excuse.
For Part 2, I admit to not having a lot of Semitic-linguistics knowledge. I am grateful to have more Noeldeke in English; and Pierre Larcher's article on "the concept of peace" is interesting. Michael Schub's articles on modern translations - especially "Mauve Athena" - contain useful philological knowledge, as a byproduct of critiquing those translations.
Part 4 has Arthur Jeffery looking into the Qur'anic variants assigned to Zayd b. 'Ali and to Ibn Miqsam.Read more ›
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Another book explaining the problems with islam being a good old boy club. Enslaving and disrespecting children and women for the advanatge and profit of lazy muslims men.Published on May 23, 2012 by George W. Newport
Bought this elsewhere but it's a great read. Muslims keep telling Christians that there are many different Bible versions, proofing Christianity has no merit. Read morePublished on April 7, 2012 by John Doe