Interlinguistic pun in the Qur’an

I came across something very interesting recently. In Surah Baqarah 2:93: And [recall] when We took your covenant and raised over you the mount, [saying], "Take what We have given you with determination and listen." They said [instead], "We hear and disobey." And their hearts absorbed [the worship of] the calf because of their disbelief. … Continue reading Interlinguistic pun in the Qur’an


Critique of Kevin van Bladel’s “THE ALEXANDER LEGEND IN THE QUR’AN 18:83–102”

A very good article on Dhul Qarnayn and the alleged Syriac source of the story in the Qur’an.

 بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

by Abdullah al-Finlandi


While I have already written regarding Dhu al-Qarnayn and the Alexander Romances and the proposed influence of the Syriac Legend Concerning Alexander on Quran, I recently came across a moderate-size article by one Kevin van Bladel in a journal called “The Quran in its historical context” (2008) called “THE ALEXANDER LEGEND IN THE QUR’AN (sic) 18:83–102″  [1]. After reading the article and not finding any Muslim or orientalist critique available I decided to offer a short critique of my own as the thesis overlooks some very important points.

The journal as a whole seems to have the agenda of proving natural origins for the Quran and its text. Nearly all of the articles inside it concentrate on the Quran either borrowing from existing sources and even a thesis that argues that the Quran was a work of multiple individuals. This is upsetting…

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Book review: Structure and Qur’anic Interpretation

This is an interesting albeit short book by Raymond Farrin exploring the structure of the Qur'anic text. Farrin prefaces the text by saying that the Qur'an is unfortunately not well appreciated by much of the English audience, as both its dynamic style and a structure that does not follow modern styles of composition seems alien … Continue reading Book review: Structure and Qur’anic Interpretation

Humor in the Qur’an

An interesting study by Mustansir Mir. Accessible here: Sometimes, the comical caricatures that the Qur'an paints of its opponents is evident, one cannot bring themselves to laugh because of the serious nature of the surrounding discussion. Although this description of one of the opponents of the Prophet is clearly satire - the image of … Continue reading Humor in the Qur’an