Greetings to all,. In Toby Lester’s article “What is the Koran?”, published in the January issue of The Atlantic Monthly, a German scholar, Dr. Gerd-R. Puin, . “Gerd-R. Puin’s current thinking about the Koran’s history partakes of this contemporary revisionism. ‘My idea is that the Koran is a kind of. View Gerd Puin’s business profile at The Quran and see work history, affiliations and more.

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Buy ferd selected items together This item: Jones admits there have been “trifling” changes made to the Uthmanic recension. Finally, it wasnot until the end of the eighth and ninth centuries that Islam formed as a separate religion, and the Koran underwent a period of historical development of at least years”–Publisher’s description.

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About 29 years after Mohammed’s death during the rule of the third Muslim caliph, Uthman, a standard copy of the Koran in a book form, was made, because already divergent readings and copies were circulating in the growing Islamic empire.

On the basis of datable and localizable artifacts from the seventh and eighth centuries of the Christian era, many of the historical developments, misconceptions, and fallacies of Islam can now be seen in a different light. I would also warn you that this book is Hard.

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Despite Muhammad’s exalted place in Islam, even today there is still surpisingly little actually known about this shadowy figure and the origins of the Qur’an because of an astounding lack of verifiable biographical material. Project Page Feedback Known Problems. He says they shed new light on the early development of the Koran as a book with a “textual history”, which contradicts the fundamental Muslim belief that it is the unchanging Word of God.


Many of them may even be a hundred years older than Islam itself. Indeed, evidence from the Koran, finalized at a much later time, shows that its central theological tenets were influenced by a pre-Nicean, Syrian Christianity.

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Some of the papyrus on which the text appears shows clear signs of earlier use, being that previous, washed-off writings are also visible on it. And I am not qualified to see where all this will go not being an expert in the partitive gerundial in Syriac. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? On the contrary, as in Egypt, they have implemented stringent controls over education, which forbid the teaching of pre-Islamic Egyptian history, which to my mind was much more interesting than the “post-Islamic” history.

A Muslim, Zaid remained in Egypt for a gred to refute the apostasy charges, but fled with his wife to Holland in the face of increasing death threats. Berd up a giveaway. Of course, the history of Arab Christianity — although quite long and interesting — is not something that modern Muslims like to deal with.

As far as the general reader goes, information in many of the chapters is presented in a manner that makes it relatively easy for the layman to understand. See all 23 reviews.

Puin gives as example Hajjaj bin Yusuf, governor of Iraq from AD, who “was proud of inserting more than 1, alifs [first letter of the Arabic alphabet] in the Koranic text”. People made changes to make sense of the text.


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In “traditional Islamic history,” the Khalif Mu’awiyya fought big battles for Islam, and so did his three followers: Coins use the term Zion as a code as a zionist only would. He argues that pre-Islamic sources entered the Koran, presumably when the growing Islamic empire came into contact with those regions and sources. As a result of this explosive book, we have to face the possibility that Muhammad never existed, that the Koran was pasted together from Syric-Aramaic Christian sources, and that the whole thing was a bundle of bushwah created to defend the now “Islamic” empire.

Many Muslims—and Orientalists—will tell you otherwise, of course, but the fact is that a fifth of the Koranic text is just incomprehensible. Then he noticed that the sheets were palimpsests – manuscripts with versions written even earlier that had been washed off or erased.

At the Origins of Islam. Obviously, any Islamic scholar who has previously just accepted his existence may want to reexamine his or her thoughts on this matter in lieu of this material.