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The Revelation Of Knowledge

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This chapter focuses on the Qurân. Here we have indeed “the full light of history,” at least as far as the concept of knowledge is concerned. However, even history’s fullest light falls concentrated only upon a few small spots and usually leaves most areas dimly lit by some weak and widely diffused light. As always, many problems of origin, analysis, and interpretation remain. The overall import of all the questions raised and answers suggested leaves no room for doubt. Muhammad’s concept of “knowledge” set intellectual life in Islam on its basically unchangeable course. There was comparatively little that later influences and developments were able to accomplish by way of injecting new ideas into the fundamental structure of the Prophet’s thought or by way of enriching it materially. Such influences and developments were, moreover, altogether unable to change its main thrust and effect.

Keywords: ʿ-l-m; knowledge; Qurân

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