The Qur'an's Reformation of Judaism and Christianity: Return to the Origins

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This volume explores the relationship between the Qur’an and the Jewish and Christian traditions, considering aspects of continuity and reform. The chapters examine the Qur’an’s retelling of biblical narratives, as well as its reaction to a wide array of topics that mark Late Antique religious discourse, including eschatology and ritual purity, prophetology and paganism, and heresiology and Christology.

Twelve emerging and established scholars explore the many ways in which the Qur’an updates, transforms, and challenges religious practice, beliefs, and narratives that Late Antique Jews and Christians had developed in dialogue with the Bible. The volume establishes the Qur’an’s often unique perspective alongside its surprising continuity with Judaism and Christianity. Chapters focus on individual suras and on intra-Qur’anic parallels, on the Qur’an’s relationship to pre-Islamic Arabian culture, on its intertextuality and its literary intricacy, and on its legal and moral framework. It illustrates a move away from the problematic paradigm of cultural influence and instead emphasizes the Qur’an’s attempt to reform the religious landscape of its time.

The Qur'an's Reformation of Judaism and Christianity

offers new insight into the Islamic Scripture as a whole and into recent methodological developments, providing a compelling snapshot of the burgeoning field of Qur’anic studies. It is a key resource for students and scholars interested in religion, Islam, and Middle Eastern Studies.
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About the author

Holger M. Zellentin teaches Judaism at the University of Cambridge. His research interests include Talmudic culture and Qur’anic law; his publications include Rabinic Parodies of Hewish adn Christian Literature (2011) and The Qurʾān’s Legal Culture: The Didascalia Apostolorum as a Point of Departure (2013).

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Mar 20, 2019
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Religion / Islam / Koran & Sacred Writings
Social Science / Regional Studies
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The Holy Qur'an EBook version
English Translation and Commentary
- Detailed commentary with extensive references to standard authorities, both classical and modern
- Comprehensive introduction deals with Islamic teachings and the collection and arrangement of the Holy Qur'an
- Extensive Index
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-- Prof. T. Hargery, Director, African Studies, Northeast Missouri State University, Kirksville
..".an austerely faithful translation in English...based on a close study of commentaries of the Qur' an - the work of my learned name-sake Maulvi Muhammad Ali of Lahore...The translation and the notes...all demonstrate the labour of love and devoted zeal."
-- Late Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar of "The Comrade"
"It is certainly a work of which any scholar might legitimately be proud."
-- The Quest, London
 Volume 1Book 1. Revelation (1-6)
Book 2. Belief (7-55)
Book 3. Knowledge (56-136)
Book 4. Ablutions (Wudu’) (137-247)
Book 5. Bathing (Ghusl) (248-292)
Book 6. Menstrual Periods (293-329)
Book 7. Rubbing hands and feet with dust (Tayammum) (330-344)
Book 8. Prayers (Salat) (345-471)
Book 9. Virtues of the Prayer Hall (Sutra of the Musalla) (472-499)
Book 10. Times of the Prayers (500-576)
Book 11. Call to Prayers (Adhaan) (577-698)
Book 12. Characteristics of Prayer (699-832)

Volume 2
Book 13. Friday Prayer (1-63)
Book 14. Fear Prayer (64-68)
Book 15. The Two Festivals (Eids) (69-104)
Book 16. Witr Prayer (105-118)
Book 17. Invoking Allah for Rain (Istisqaa) (119-149)
Book 18. Eclipses (150-172)
Book 19. Prostration During Recital of Qur’an (173-185)
Book 20. Shortening the Prayers (At-Taqseer) (186-220)
Book 21. Prayer at Night (Tahajjud) (221-288)
Book 22. Actions while Praying (289-328)
Book 23. Funerals (Al-Janaa’iz) (329-483)
Book 24. Obligatory Charity Tax (Zakat) (484-578)
Book 25. Obligatory Charity Tax After Ramadaan (Zakat ul Fitr) (579-588)
Book 26. Pilgrimmage (Hajj) (589-823)

Volume 3
Book 27. Minor Pilgrammage (Umra) (1-32)
Book 28. Pilgrims Prevented from Completing the Pilgrimage (33-46)
Book 29. Penalty of Hunting while on Pilgrimmage (47-90)
Book 30. Virtues of Madinah (91-114)
Book 31. Fasting (115-225)
Book 32. Praying at Night in Ramadaan (Taraweeh) (226-241)
Book 33. Retiring to a Mosque for Remembrance of Allah (I’tikaf) (242-262)
Book 34. Sales and Trade (263-440)
Book 35. Sales in which a Price is paid for Goods to be Delivered Later (As-Salam) (441-460)
Book 36. Hiring (461-485)
Book 37. Transferance of a Debt from One Person to Another (Al-Hawaala) (486-495)
Book 38. Representation, Authorization, Business by Proxy (496-512)
Book 39. Agriculture (513-540)
Book 40. Distribution of Water (541-569)
Book 41. Loans, Payment of Loans, Freezing of Property, Bankruptcy (570-607)
Book 42. Lost Things Picked up by Someone (Luqaata) (608-619)
Book 43. Oppressions (620-662)
Book 44. Partnership (663-684)
Book 45. Mortgaging (685-692)
Book 46. Manumission of Slaves (693-739)
Book 47. Gifts (740-804)
Book 48. Witnesses (805-854)
Book 49. Peacemaking (855-873)
Book 50. Conditions (874-895)

Volume 4
Book 51. Wills and Testaments (Wasaayaa) (1-40)
Book 52. Fighting for the Cause of Allah (Jihaad) (41-323)
Book 53. One-fifth of Booty to the Cause of Allah (Khumus) (324-412)
Book 54. Beginning of Creation (413-542)
Book 55. Prophets (543-658)
Book 56. Virtues and Merits of the Prophet (pbuh) and his Companions (659-841)
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