On Qurʾānic and Biblical Rings

Introduction When I first began writing this post, my original intention was to present and evaluate some proposed ring structures in sūra Yūsuf as a part of my series on this sūra. However, when doing some preliminary reading on the topic— mainly on objective criteria about what makes a ring, I realized that the concept … Continue reading On Qurʾānic and Biblical Rings

Do Angels Eat? An Interesting Qur’anic Engagement

In this post we shall examine another Qurʾānic engagement with biblical and extrabiblical literature. The core example I will look at was taken from Genevieve Gobillot’s article on Qurʾānic intertextuality and taḥrīf.1 This parallel reflects an ongoing debate about whether or not angels eat food. I found this parallel interesting because it is an example … Continue reading Do Angels Eat? An Interesting Qur’anic Engagement

Linguistic Features of Sūrah Yūsuf Part 1— “Neutral” Language

I’ve finally wrapped up some longer projects (more on this eventually), and so I’ve decided to get back to blogging. For a long time now I’ve intended to devote some time studying the Qurʾān from a linguistic perspective. And so, this is the first in my series of posts about some interesting linguistic features in … Continue reading Linguistic Features of Sūrah Yūsuf Part 1— “Neutral” Language

“Like a donkey carrying books” – a Qur’anic response to a Rabbinic motif

One of the themes of my last few posts is that the Qurʾān often interacts with Rabbinic, Biblical and Christian tradition in an informed way. Previously I looked at how the Qurʾān responds to the crucifixion of Jesus in light of Rabbinic texts.  This post will give another example of the Qurʾān utilizing a Rabbinic … Continue reading “Like a donkey carrying books” – a Qur’anic response to a Rabbinic motif

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?