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Angelika Neuwirth

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928958

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199928958.001.0001

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The Rhetorical Qur’an

The Rhetorical Qur’an

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The Qur'an and Late Antiquity

Angelika Neuwirth

, Samuel Wilder
Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the notion that the Qur’an is a document of an “age of rhetoric,” showing the ways in which the Qur’an uses rhetorical means to present a convincing and novel statement in relation to previous texts and credos. This includes a view to the early reception of the Qur’an in terms of the concept of its “incapacitating” rhetoric, which was highlighted in the early reception history, and also shows the ways in which the rhetorical structures of earlier creeds are incorporated and “overcome” in particular ways in the Qur’an. This shows how the Qur’an and the community around it developed within a Late Antique milieu.

Keywords:   rhetoric, credos, hymnics, polemics, paraenesis

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