Does the Qur’an teach previous scripture to be corrupt?

Introduction This post intends to explain the basis of the position that the Qurʾān teaches that previous scripture is corrupt. We attempt to prove this position using implicit and explicit evidence, while also utilizing the findings of modern western scholarship to supplement our interpretation. We will then provide an explanation for particular verses (such as … Continue reading Does the Qur’an teach previous scripture to be corrupt?

“They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him”— A Qur’anic response to Jewish tradition on Jesus

Here is another interesting observation about how the Qurʾān responds to Jewish and Christian tradition. This time, I’ll be looking at the alleged killing of Jesus – and the subsequent ‘boast’ by the Jews which the Qurʾān so vehemently condemns in sūrah al-Nisāʾ, verse 157: وَقَوْلِهِمْ إِنَّا قَتَلْنَا الْمَسِيحَ عِيسَى ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ وَمَا … Continue reading “They did not kill him, nor did they crucify him”— A Qur’anic response to Jewish tradition on Jesus

Did the Qurʾān borrow from the Syriac Legend of Alexander?

Note: It is recommended that this article be viewed in PDF format. Click here. Introduction In 2007, an article appeared in Gabriel Said Reynold’s ‘The Qurʾān in its Historical Context’ titled ‘The Alexander Legend in the Qurʾān 18:83-102’, authored by Kevin Van Bladel. This article has proven to be a substantial contribution to understanding the … Continue reading Did the Qurʾān borrow from the Syriac Legend of Alexander?

Mary, daughter of Amram, sister of Aaron: A Qur’anic error or deliberate allusion?

An interesting phenomenon that has gained much attention in contemporary Qur’anic studies is the regular allusion to Judeo-Christian tradition and biblical material. This essay explores the terminology surrounding Mary, the mother of Jesus, and explains how the Qur’an is applying a particular Christian literary genre to this New Testament figure. The primary purpose of this … Continue reading Mary, daughter of Amram, sister of Aaron: A Qur’anic error or deliberate allusion?

The “Dye of God”, baptism, and Qur’anic interaction with Christian themes.

I read an excellent paper by Sean Anthony, titled "Further Notes On The Word  Ṣibgha in Qur'an 2:138." I thought I'd comment on some of the content in the paper which I found quite significant. I encourage those interested to have a look at the full paper. The verse 2:138 of the Qur'an uses a … Continue reading The “Dye of God”, baptism, and Qur’anic interaction with Christian themes.

Some thoughts on “allusions” in the Qur’an common to Syriac (and other pre-islamic) tradition.

I am currently enjoying reading through Joseph Witztum’s thesis on the Qur’an and the Syriac tradition. Witztum’s aim is rather simple; he wishes to show that there is a background of Syriac tradition present in the Qur’an. Syriac Christians were quite prolific preceding and continuous with the Islamic period, producing thousands of works (many of … Continue reading Some thoughts on “allusions” in the Qur’an common to Syriac (and other pre-islamic) tradition.

Interesting article on the sensitivity to context of Qur’anic words

I always found some word choices in the Qur'an somewhat puzzling, or rather, difficult to understand, when I read Qur'anic translations. Abdel Haleem, in his recent article, "The Role of Context in Interpreting and Translating the Qur'an," explores how context gives generic Qur'anic words, such as al-Rahman, meanings that slightly diverge from the generic usage. As … Continue reading Interesting article on the sensitivity to context of Qur’anic words