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Some Aspects Of Narration In The Qurʾan

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The Bible, generally speaking, presents its material in chronological order, whereas the Qurʾan, as a rule, lacks such historical sequence. To be sure, chronology is not the only conceivable organizing principle of texts, and a text like the Qurʾan challenges one to search for clues that would explain or shed light on the type of narration found in it. This chapter is a modest attempt to respond to that challenge. The Qurʾan calls itself a book, but that does not mean that the Qurʾan can be read like a novel or that it has the neat and logical structure of a research work. The living context of a Qurʾanic text is the dynamic multifaceted background to which the elements of the text make explicit or implicit reference. The Arabic word tasrif means "change, alteration, variegation".

Keywords: Qurʾanic text; tasrif

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