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Open Access Edition of Creating the Qur’an: A Historical-Critical Study with Insights from Biblical Studies, Linguistics, Memory Science, Anthropology, and Radiochemistry by Stephen Shoemaker
Erich van Rijn, University of California Press Foundation

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Publication Type: Single Publication
Title: Creating the Qur'an: A Historical-Critical Study
Year: 2022
ISBN: 9780520389038
Publisher: University of California Press
Author: Stephen Shoemaker
Editor: Eric Schmidt
Abstract: Creating the Qur’an presents the first systematic historical-critical study of the Qur’an’s origins, drawing on methods and perspectives commonly used to study other scriptural traditions. Demonstrating in detail that the Islamic tradition relates not a single attested account of the holy text’s formation, Stephen J. Shoemaker shows how the Qur’an preserves a surprisingly diverse array of memories regarding the text’s early history and its canonization. To this he adds perspectives from radiocarbon dating of manuscripts, the linguistic history of Arabic, the social and cultural history of late ancient Arabia, and the limitations of human memory and oral transmission, as well as various peculiarities of the Qur’anic text itself. Considering all the relevant data to present the most comprehensive and convincing examination of the origin and evolution of the Qur’an available, Shoemaker concludes that the canonical text of the Qur’an was most likely produced only around the turn of the eighth century.
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Type: Single author monograph