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Qurʾanic Readings Of The Psalms

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This chapter focusses on a kind of intertextuality between the Qur'an and the Psalms. For traditionalist Muslim scholars, the problem of their retrieval lies deeper: Although there is a deep interest in the discussion of the traces of earlier scriptures in the Qur'an, there is complete silence in the Islamic tradition vis-à-vis the Qur'anic reflections of the Psalms. The Arabic character of the Qur'anic text, on the one hand, and the factual presence of psalm intertexts in the Qur'an, on the other, raise the challenging question of how the Qur'an could appropriate psalm texts without itself turning into a paraphrase of those earlier Hebrew or Syriac texts. The chapter shows for a particularly striking case of psalm intertextuality that is confronted, with the much more dynamic process of one - new-literary text eclipsing and outbidding an older other, with a deep awareness of the significance of the Arabic language involved.

Keywords: Arabic character; intertextuality; Islamic tradition; Psalms; Qur'an



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