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Is There Room For Corruption In The ‘Books’ Of God?

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From the inception of Islam, Christians have not hesitated to attack the Qurʾan. Part of the Muslim polemic against the veracity of the Christian religion to which Abū Qurra and al-Kindī are responding is the charge of biblical corruption or alteration (taḥrīf). And, in their response to this charge, both Abū Qurra and al-Kindī actively attack the Qurʾan as, in fact, being the 'corrupt' scripture, albeit in very different ways. Two aspects of our Christian texts are particularly relevant for our purposes: the allusion(s) to the actual process of the composition of the Qurʾan, how and why corruption may have entered, which only al-Kindī really touches on; and the discussion of the contents and form of the text itself (including Muslim disagreement on its proper interpretation) and how that might evidence 'corruption', which is touched upon by both our Christian protagonists.

Keywords: biblical corruption; Christian protagonist; Christian religion; Islam; Muslim polemic; Qurʾan



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