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Qurʾan, Canon, And Literature

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One of the most profound differences between study of the Bible and the Qurʾan is that the literary appreciation of the former has not always been strong. The linguistic and rhetorical qualities of the Islamic revelation, though, are a matter of dogma among Muslims, as the Qurʾan is held to be a literary achievement of which mortals are incapable. This contrast is meant to introduce the two themes of this article. First, despite the many shared qualities of the scriptures of the Abrahamic faiths, what holds true for the Bible may well not apply to the Qurʾan, and one must be wary of conclusions reached by analogy. Second, and more allusively, the respective attitudes to which the author refers in the chapter are the property not of the texts themselves, but of the communities that hold them to be culturally or religiously relevant.

Keywords: Bible; Islamic revelation; Qurʾan



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