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Koranic allusions : the Biblical, Qumranian, and pre-Islamic background to the Koran

Author: Ibn Warraq
Publisher: Amherst, New York : Prometheus Books, 2013.
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"For anyone with an interest in the early history of Islam, this erudite anthology will prove to be informative and enlightening. Scholars have long known that the text of the Koran shows evidence of many influences from religious sources outside Islam. For example, stories in the Koran about Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other characters from the Bible obviously come from the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ibn Warraq
ISBN: 9781616147594 1616147598 1616147601 9781616147600
OCLC Number: 818738074
Description: 463 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: pt. 1 Pre-Islamic Poetry as a Source for the Koran --
1. The Consequences of Authenticity / Ibn Warraq --
2. On Umayya B. Abi al-Salt / Aloys Sprenger --
3.A New Source of the Koran / Clement Huart --
4. Umayya b. abi-Salt / Friedrich Schulthess --
5. Umayya ibn Abi s-Salt / E. Power --
6. The Poems of Umayya B. Abi-s-Salt: Additions, Suggestions, and Rectifications / E. Power --
7. The Origins of Arabic Poetry / D.S. Margoliouth --
8. The Authenticity of the Poems Ascribed to Umayya Ibn Abi al-Salt / Tilman Seidensticker --
9. The Divine in the Works of Umayya B. Abi al-Salt / Gert Borg --
pt. 2 The Koran, the Bible, and the Dead Sea Scrolls --
1. The Gideon-Saul Legend and the Tradition of the Battle of Badr: A Contribution to Islam's Oldest Story / Hans von Mzik --
2. Some Literary Enigmas of Koranic Inspiration / A. Regnier --
3. The Figure of Abraham: At the Turning-Point of Muhammad's Development, Analysis of Sura II, 124-41 / Edmund Beck --
4. The Prophet's Kunya and Sharing the Spoils: A Midrash on Joshua? / Jean-Louis Declais --
5. Dave and the Knave in the Cave of the Brave / Michael B. Schub --
6. Qumran and the Preserved Tablet(s) / E.F.F. Bishop --
7. Qumran and "The Companions of the Cave" / Hugh Nibley --
8. Ebionite and Elkesaite Elements in the Koran / Martiniano P. Roncaglia --
9. An Essenian Rule in the Koran / Marc Philonenko --
10. David in Islamic Tradition in the Light of the Dead Sea Scrolls / R. Stehly --
pt. 3 Muhammad and the Koran --
1. The Legend of Muhammad's Call to Prophethood / Tor Andrae --
2. An Example of Coptic Literary Influence on Ibn Ishaq's Sirah / Gordon D. Newby --
3. The Biography of the Prophet and Its Scriptural Basis / Wim Raven --
Appendixes --
A. Abbreviations --
B. Glossary --
C. Conversion Chart.
Responsibility: edited by Ibn Warraq.

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"For anyone with an interest in the early history of Islam, this erudite anthology will prove to be informative and enlightening. Scholars have long known that the text of the Koran shows evidence of many influences from religious sources outside Islam. For example, stories in the Koran about Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other characters from the Bible obviously come from the Jewish Torah and the Christian Gospels. But there is also evidence of borrowing in the Koran from more obscure literature. In this anthology, the acclaimed critic of Islam Ibn Warraq has assembled scholarly articles that delve into these unusual, little-known sources. The contributors examine the connections between pre-Islamic poetry and the text of the Koran; and they explore similarities between various Muslim doctrines and ideas found in the writings of the Ebionites, a Jewish Christian sect that existed from the second to the fourth centuries. Also considered is the influence of Coptic Christian literature on the writing of the traditional biography of Muhammad"--

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