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Qur’anic Studies Today brings together thirteen specialists in the field of Islamic studies to provide a range of essays that reflect the depth and breadth of scholarship on the Qur’an.
The volume analyses different aspects of the interactions between the Qur’an and other religious texts over the course of history. It features essays that probe certain Qur’anic figures or themes cross-textually within the Qur’an, such as an exploration of Qur’anic allusions to the wife of Lot, or an analysis of the Jonah narratives. Other essays focus on particular suras, such as a reading of Suras 10-15 as reflecting a moment of crisis in the career of the Prophet. The volume also offers extended discussions of extra-Qur’anic materials, including classical Arabic poetry, the bible and late antique Syriac source.
Together, these strong, scholarly examinations of the Qur’an combine theoretical and methodological clarity with close readings of Qur’anic texts. As such, they are a valuable resource for students and scholars of Islamic and Qur’anic studies.