What the Koran Really Says: Language, Text, and Commentary by Ibn Warraq

By Ibn Warraq

Islam has world-wide impact, or even within the usa is experiencing a interval of extraordinary progress. Its sacred e-book, "The Koran", is the topic of voluminous remark, but it hardly gets the type of goal severe scrutiny that has been utilized to the texts of the Bible for over a century. To right this overlook of target scholarship, Ibn Warraq has assembled this wonderful selection of severe commentaries on "The Koran" released by means of famous students from the start of the 20 th century to contemporary instances. This amazing quantity could be a welcome source to lay readers and students alike.

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On the whole depending on a central 51 classic paper that Corriente, C A was and ninth centuries core of Old Arabic dialects as koineized in pre-Islamic poetry and rhetoric, and the speech of contemporary Bedouins. Grammarians did not invent the i r a b system, which must have existed in the texts they edited. ( I r a b is usually translated as "inflexion," indicating case and mood, but the Arab grammarians define it as "the difference that occurs, in fact or virtually, at the end of a word, because of the various antecedents that govern i t / ' ) They did come with their preconceptions about what constituted good Arabic, but they nonetheless respected what they learned from their Bedouin informants in order to standardize the language, and thus fix what came to be C A , However, some did reject certain utterances of the Bedouins as being incorrect.

You know him through translations: but poets are not translatable. ) untranslatable core of pure poetry," This, I think, captures the Muslim's almost mystical and rather irrational attitude to the untranslatability of the Koran very well. 1 Jackson Mathews also singles out another feature that is most difficult to translate: "Rhythm is the one feature of a foreign language that we can probably never learn to hear purely. Rhythm and the meaning of rhythm lie too deep in us. They are absorbed into the habits of the body and the uses of the voice along with all our earliest apprehensions of ourselves and the world.

Margoliouth, who think that all pre-Islamic poetry is forged, inspired by Koranic preoccupations. The Egyptian Taha Husayn, in Of P r e - I s l a m i c L i t e r a t u r e , the second of his two famous books, concludes that most of what we call pre-Islamic literature was forged, though he seems to accept the authenticity of some poems, albeit a tiny number. This cautious acceptance of some pre-Islamic poetry as authentic seems to have been shared by several Western scholars, such as Goldziher, Tor Andrae, W.

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