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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His work is based upon detailed textual analysis but disregards Muslim historical writings and history more generally. By variants he appears to mean multiple versions of the same story within the text of the Quran.

The Quran itself recognises that many will choose not to believe in Islam while making it clear that they face the risk of punishment in the afterlife. Tap here for MENU. Such analysis indicates, rather, the existence of independent, possibly regional, traditions incorporated more or less intact into the canonical compilation, itself a product of expansion and strife within the Muslim community.

Where the two viewpoints agree The Muslim view and the non-Muslim view agree on the following basic facts, amongst others: Sources and Methods of Scriptural Interpretation. The non-Muslim view should not be regarded by Muslims as in any way problematical.

However, Wansbrough’s own view was that wansbrpugh Quran was most probably composed around years later than the standard date, and in Mesopotamia rather than the Hijaz the area of Western Arabia that includes Mecca and Medina.

Translating John Wansbrough…into English

It is quite rare for the author of a book to succeed in irritating me no matter how much I might disagree with what the author has written but Wansbrough has succeeded in doing so.

Many of the incidents mentioned in the Quran also occur in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. To the extent that Wansbrough is saying that the Quran gives very little biographical information about Muhammad pbuhhis comment is trivial as that is obvious from the simplest reading of the Quran.


The same point is made in johj other places in the Quran.

By the very achievement of canonicity the document of revelation was assured a kind of independence, both of historical traditions commonly adduced to explain its existence and of external criteria recruited to facilitate its understanding.

This scripture was then imagined to have the sorts of internal relationships of works that are intentionally composed as a single unit by a single author. Wansbrough basis much of his view that the Quran had not yet received status as a recognised authority for doctrine or for policy from one of the sources he discusses.

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

Despite the challenges I persevered and am glad that I did so. For later times, Muhammad had only the function to provide an own identity to the new religious movement according to the role model of a Prophet of the Old Testament. This line of research was investigated in Egypt by Nasr Abu Zayd but he was expelled from Egypt because of his conclusions about the Qur’an. The pattern of fulfilment figuram implere [‘to fill the figure’ per Google Translate] cannot, or at least hardly, be elicited from a comparison of Muslim with Hebrew scripture.

And yet, the merely allusive style of that document would appear to preclude positing the relationship of figural wansbrougn typology jonn to exist between the Wansbriugh and New Testaments. And yet, they [who are bent on denying the truth] assert, “[Muhammad] has invented it!

Wansbgough study was motivated by the underlying thrust of post-Enlightenment work generally, which promoted a sense of curiosity to which no particular value was added over and above the desire to know the previously unknown. Criticism of “infidels” was addressed obviously to monotheists who did not live monotheism “purely”.

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Muslims believe God revealed it to Muhammad pbuh while non-Muslims believe that Muhammad pbuh composed it himself. This page was last edited on 9 Januaryat Views Read Edit View history.


This book was originally published in but the preface by John Wansbrough which is dated July states that the final draft was completed in July and that Wansbrough therefore did not take account of studies published since that date. It is much easier to accept that when Arabs exploded out of Arabia and conquered territories to the West, the North and the East that they took with them their existing religious beliefs and their memorised religious book than to accept that a Quran composed years later in Mesopotamia could then be foisted upon everyone and passed off as having originated years earlier.

But is it worth the effort to do so?

Each subdiscipline of biblical studies has its own set of ‘classics. Slavery of black people had been practiced in the South, and ended by the Civil War.

However apart from what he says about the repetitions themselves, I could not see any additional support being offered for his assertions. God revealed the Quran to Muhammad peace be upon him through the agency of the Archangel Gabriel in stages over approximately 23 years.

One of the most accessible comments he makes is: Such are the scholarly foundations of the field of study. That this is not merely a negative inference from the absence of an explicit connection of the sort established between the Christian and Hebrew scriptures ought to be clear from an examination of the Quranic forms themselves, which reflect, but do not develop, most of the themes traditionally associated with literature of prophetical expression.