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Qur’an and Canon: The Contours of Scripture at the End of Antiquity
Stephen Shoemaker, University of Oregon

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Creating the Qur'an: A Historical-Critical Study (Book)
Title: Creating the Qur'an: A Historical-Critical Study
Author: Stephen J. Shoemaker
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. It demonstrates in detail that the Islamic tradition relates not a single attested account of the holy text’s formation but preserves a surprisingly diverse array of memories regarding the text’s early history and its canonization. The book also brings 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, this study concludes that the canonical text of the Qur’an was most likely produced only around the turn of the eighth century.
Year: 2022
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Access Model: open access
Publisher: University of California
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780520389045
Copy sent to NEH?: No