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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 Qur’an and History

The Qur’an and History

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The Qur'an and Late Antiquity

Angelika Neuwirth

, Samuel Wilder
Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the notions of “history” as they are presented and developed in the Qur’an. It critically reviews the notion that the Qur’an is ahistorical—that the Prophet stories and other narrative elements in the text do not show an understanding of or interest in history as such. Rather, it is argued, the text reveals a relationship to history that is quite varied, presenting vital and interesting reinterpretations of earlier narratives, both pagan and biblical, and a constant “conversation” with the notion of history at work in earlier traditions. This conversation reflects the formation of the community and the process of its development.

Keywords:   history, Prophet stories, community formation, counter-history, narrative

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