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The Qur'an's Reformation of Judaism and Christianity

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This volume explores the relationship between the Qur'an and aspects of the Jewish and Christian tradition in the spirit of continuity and reform. The chapters examine the Qur'an's retelling of Biblical narratives, as well as its reaction to a wide array of topics that mark Late Antique religious discourse, including eschatology and ritual purity, prophetology and paganism, heresiology and Christology. Several emerging and established scholars explore the many ways in which the Qur'an updates, transforms and challenges religious practice, beliefs, and narratives that Late Antique Jews and Christians had developed in dialogue with the Bible. The volume establishes the Qur'an's often unique perspective alongside its surprising continuity with Judaism and Christianity. Chapters focus on individual surahs and on intra-Qur'anic parallels, on the Qur'an's relationship to pre-Islamic Arabian culture, on its intertextuality and its literary intricacy, and on its legal and moral framework. It illustrates a move away from the problematic paradigm of cultural influence and instead emphasizes the Qur'an's attempt to reform the religious landscape of its time. The Qur'an's Reformation of Judaism and Christianity offers new insight into the Islamic Scripture as a whole, and into recent methodological developments, providing a compelling snapshot of the burgeoning field of Qur'anic studies. It is a key resource for students and scholars interested in Religion, Islamic and Middle East Studies.

Author Biography

Holger Zellentin teaches Judaism at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include Talmudic culture and Qur'anic law; his publications include Law and Literature from the Bible to the Qur'an (forthcoming) and The Qur'an's Legal Culture: The Didascalia Apostolorum as a Point of Departure (2013).
Release date NZ
March 27th, 2019
Contributor
Edited by Holger Zellentin
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
2 Line drawings, black and white; 2 Tables, black and white; 2 Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
448
ISBN-13
9781138567337
Product ID
27869873

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