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John Wansbrough, SOAS University of London, History Department, Alumnus. Studies History, Semitic languages, and Comparative Semitic Linguistics. It seems that the most radical assessment was demonstrated by John Wansbrough in his exceptional works, Quranic Studies: Sources and. To launch into a discussion of John Wansbrough and his ideas is a daunting Wansbrough’s ideas deeply must be equipped with several languages in addi.

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Namely, the Quran originated where people have always believed it did, the Hijaz, and at the time always believed, AD – AD, and there really was a prophet called Muhammad pbuh.

John Wansbrough

Arabic language — History. And yet, they [who are bent on denying the truth] assert, “[Muhammad] has invented it! While that role was never neglected, it would be more realistic to suppose that the qualities of inimitability and eternity were formulated in the attempt to secure a position within the Muslim community for the document of revelation.

He realized that the early Islamic texts addressed an audience which was familiar with Jewish and Christian texts, and that Jewish and Christian theological problems were discussed. Despite the challenges I persevered and am glad that I did so. Muhammad pbuh was persecuted by the pagan Arabs. In particular I have skipped over the many pages of detailed textual analysis. Similarly, while Wansbrough chooses to draw his own conclusions about the implications of the Muslim doctrine of the eternal Quran, he completely fails to mention the historical context of the disagreement between the Mutazilites and the Asharites.

This is to be expected since Abraham, Moses and Jesus to name but a few were prophets of God just like Muhammad. Unlike the minutiae to be gained from variae lectiones ,[variant readings] analysis of variant traditions will not support the theory of an Urtext [original text] nor even that of a composite edition produced by deliberations in committee, both of which may, not surprisingly, be traced to Rabbinic Vorlagen [prior texts].

The Muslim view God revealed the Quran to Muhammad peace be upon him through the agency of the Archangel Gabriel in stages over approximately 23 years. His work is based upon detailed textual analysis but disregards Muslim historical writings and history more generally. However apart from what he says about the repetitions themselves, I could not see any additional support being offered for his assertions.


But historiography, like other kind of literature, derives an important share of its momentum from the rhetorical devices upon which it depends for expression, that is, upon techniques designed, developed, or borrowed to enhance and to interpret its communication.

Emblems of prophethood In this chapter Wansbrough sets out his views regarding the nature of prophethood. Forward by Andrew Rippin Rippin has contributed a new forward to Wansbrough’s book and starts: Also by then Muslims were writing manuscripts which have survived.

No longer was the Quran being approached from the mediaeval perspective of polemic grounded in the notion that Muhammad was a religious imposter. I believe we would reliably know:.

Wansbrough was born in Peoria, Illinois. This page was last edited on 9 Januaryat But how many of those who express this opinion have actually managed to understand his use of the English language?

Muslims believe Wansbrogh revealed it to Muhammad pbuh while non-Muslims believe that Muhammad pbuh composed it himself.

The sectarian milieu, content and composition of islamic salvation history (John WANSBROUGH)

Their historical core is meager and cannot be detected. The non-Muslim view The Quran was composed by Muhammad pbuh himself who falsely claimed that it had come from God or who may have genuinely but incorrectly believed that it came from God.

I would jhon that when we speak of the Quran in this context, and if we are going to have a meaningful discussion of the question, three elements must come into play: Wansbrough analyzed the classical Islamic narratives which had been written to years after Muhammad with the historical-critical methodespecially literary criticism.

The USA has been inhabited continuously from until now, wansbbrough many families still living in the same areas they lived in then. He also repeats his earlier assertion that the Quran originated in intra-Muslim polemics, but I was unable to see any clear explanation of why he holds that view.


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The Quran was written and collected in a long process over years and thus cannot be attributed to Muhammad. The simplest explanation is usually the best In my opinion, Occam’s Razor is on the side of the generally accepted view of the origin of Islam. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted wansbfough any form or by any means, digital, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, or con- veyed via the Internet or a Web site without prior written permission of the publisher, except in the case of brief quotations embodied in critical articles and reviews.

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The sectarian milieu, content and composition of islamic salvation history (John WANSBROUGH)

Wansbrough rejects the traditional view that the Quran was revealed in stages and that a chronology of the revelation is known. Includes bibliographical references and index.

The Quran is a text which many people memorise, and in a society wqnsbrough writing was little used one would expect even more memorisation.

They have been melded into a book but with relatively little fusion. After Muhammad pbuh died, Abu Bakr succeeded him as caliph and was followed by caliphs Umar, Uthman and Ali and then others. Wansbrough does not even attempt to address how a Quran could be composed in Mesopotamia, ascribed to a fictitious prophet from the Hijaz, and then spread throughout the Muslim world as having canonical authority without anybody objecting and without anybody writing down either that it was happening or expressing any concerns.

The extent to which the haggadists were concerned primarily to elucidate a fixed scriptural text has perhaps been exaggerated.