Book review: Discovering the Qur’an – Neal Robinson

The Qur'an in translation is sometimes wrongfully described by the western reader to be lacking any coherent structure, jumping from topic to topic without making clear the link between them. The rhyme and the innate musicality is lost in translation yet is one of the things that makes the book so powerful. Furthermore, these are key to … Continue reading Book review: Discovering the Qur’an – Neal Robinson

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Chiastic Structure in Surah Yusuf

A chiastic structure, also known as a ring structure, is a type of poetic structure found commonly in ancient texts such as the Bible. The Qur'an also utilizes such a structure at various points in its discourse. I came across the following observation about Surah Yusuf in Neal Robinson's Discovering the Qur'an - A contemporary approach to … Continue reading Chiastic Structure in Surah Yusuf

Understanding the Sana’a manuscript find.

بسم الله Perhaps the most intriguing discovery in the field of Qur'anic studies in the last several decades is the Sana'a manuscript finding. This is because they represent a Qur'an that is uniquely non-Uthmanic, that is, one of the manuscripts that does not descend from the text that the third Caliph Uthman (ر) had compiled. In other words, … Continue reading Understanding the Sana’a manuscript find.

Are the variant readings of the Qur’an caused by the lack of dots in the Uthmanic Qur’an?

It is a well known phenomenon among scholarship, both Muslim and non-Muslim, that the Qur'an today contains several well recognized variants in the text itself. For example, in Surah Baqarah, Ayah 85, we see a difference in the last word between the "Qaloon" reading and the "Khalaf" reading [1]. There are many more examples to … Continue reading Are the variant readings of the Qur’an caused by the lack of dots in the Uthmanic Qur’an?