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Al-baqara Crescendo : Understanding the Qur'an's Style, Narrative Structure, and Running Themes
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How is the Qur'an organized? Does its structure convey meaning? Why did the Islamic tradition neglect the study of the Qur'an's unusual configuration until the twentieth century? In The al-Baqara Crescendo, Nevin Reda introduces a bold new avenue of research: the poetics of Qur?anic narrative structure. Focusing on Surat al-Baqara, the longest and most challenging of the suras, she uncovers the beauty and rationale behind the Qur?an’s unusual organization. Reda argues that the sura ? often dismissed by Muslim traditionalists and Orientalist critics as a baffling collection of disjointed material ? can be appreciated as a coherent composition if it is approached as an oral text. Calling attention to oral organizational techniques such as repetition, this book’s repertoire of figures showcases Surat al-Baqara’s ingenious layout and pinpoint the sophisticated meanings that are embedded within it. Incorporating insights from literary theory and Biblical studies, the author advances inclusivity and intercultural bridge-building in the study of scripture. In an engaging narrative that is bound to captivate and challenge the reader, Reda communicates a deep love and thorough command of her subject, all while presenting a significant new development in Islamic hermeneutics.
Number of Pages: 264
Genre: Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Advancing Studies in Religion
Publisher: McGill Queens Univ
Author: Nevin Reda
Street Date: March 1, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-4708
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