- Hardcover: 411 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books; FIRST EDITION, 2nd Printing edition (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 157392198X
- ISBN-13: 978-1573921985
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Origins of the Koran: Classic Essays on Islam's Holy Book Hardcover – September 1, 1998
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"Recommended to college libraries..." -- Middle East Studies Association Bulletin 35, 2001
About the Author
Ibn Warraq is the highly acclaimed author of Why I Am Not a Muslim, Virgins? What Virgins?, and Defending the West. He is also the editor of The Origins of the Koran, What the Koran Really Says, Leaving Islam, The Quest for the Historical Muhammad, and Which Koran?.
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Whereas now, in Christian and Jewish, or post-Christian and post-Jewish academic circles, this kind of secular critique is normative, it has yet to make any headway in the wider Islamic academic world, including Western or European Islamic studies departments, where such an approach has largely halted in favour of consideration of devout Muslim academic or student sensibilities.
Perhaps that is a good thing.
But it means those, especially non-specialists such as myself, interested in, say, the roots and origins of Islamic material, or Qur'anic sources -whence certain Arabic terms derive from Christian, Jewish or Zoroastrian Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew or Farsi terms, for instance, or whence the Qur'an derives its stories- have little alternative but to turn to older scholarship.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I have little to compare it with. I cannot give it less than 4 stars.