John Wansbrough, SOAS University of London, History Department, Alumnus. Studies History, Semitic languages, and Comparative Semitic Linguistics. It seems that the most radical assessment was demonstrated by John Wansbrough in his exceptional works, Quranic Studies: Sources and. To launch into a discussion of John Wansbrough and his ideas is a daunting Wansbrough’s ideas deeply must be equipped with several languages in addi.

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The period from the Hegira the move of the Prophet pbuh from Mecca to Medina to the earliest written sources is in the region of — years, possibly less for some of the sources. Perhaps a translation of Wansbrough into English would allow us at least to assess the importance of his work.

He dismisses the view that there were Jewish communities in the Hijaz. In passing, there seems to be only one other review freely available on the internet, a three page review by Carool Kersten in the The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences. Where the two viewpoints agree The Muslim view and the non-Muslim view agree on the following basic facts, amongst others: It is much easier to accept that when Arabs exploded out of Arabia and conquered territories to the West, the North and the East that they took with them their existing religious beliefs and their memorised religious book than to accept that a Quran composed years later in Mesopotamia could then be foisted upon everyone and passed off as having originated years earlier.

Demonstration of the ‘historical development of Abraham in the Quran’for Moubarac the evolution of a composite figure out an originally dual image, required not only a verifiable chronology of revelation but jhon the structural unity of the Canon.

What would we reliably know about the American civil war, the most catastrophic event ever to take place in America, based upon word of mouth transmission?

Not merely the principal themes, but also the rhetorical conventions by which they are linked and in which they are clothed, the variant traditions in which they have been preserved, as well as the incidence of exegetical gloss and linguistic assimilation, comprise the areas of investigation undertaken in the first part of these studies.

It may, indeed, appear wasnbrough my description of that document that the Muslim scripture is not only composite, but also, and such can be inferred from a typological analysis of Quranic exegesis, that the period required for its achievement was rather more than a single generation. This jojn one of Wansbrough’s main accomplishments as reflected in this book, which lists 17 manuscript works.


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As the record of Muslim revelation the book requires no introduction. Normally only one of those would display depending upon your screen size. These are the most likely historical facts, regardless of whether or not one believes wamsbrough Muhammad pbuh was divinely inspired. From the foregoing analysis of wansbrojgh schemata and of variant tradition, exegetical gloss, and conceptual assimilation, it may be supposed that the Quranic revelation is no exception to the general rule.

Some of wansbrojgh material assembled by Rabin, such as apocalyptic concept and embellishments to prophetology, represent of course diffusion through contact, but do not require an exodus from Judaea into the Arabian desert. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wansbrough’s writing style Apart from the short biography supplied with the book and the profile on Wikipedia, I know nothing else about Wansbrough.

Review of “Quranic Studies” by John Wansbrough

References in Rabbinic literature to Arabia are of remarkably little worth for purposes of historical reconstruction, and especially for the Hijaz in the sixth and seventh centuries.

What struck me was Wansbrough’s approach to the sources. Wansbrough is drawing attention to a stylistic aspect of the Quran which often surprises new readers, especially if they are familiar with the straightforward narrative style of the Bible.

To describe at least part of Ibn Ishaq’s activity, for example, as exegetical tafsir is convenient but, if the wabsbrough term is construed in its traditional sense explication de textepossibly misleading. If the claim to place the Quran within that clearly defined literary tradition is conceded, it would none the less be inaccurate to describe that document as exhibiting essentially a calque of earlier fixed forms.

They have been melded into a book but with relatively little fusion.

The Muslim view God revealed the Quran to Muhammad peace be upon him through the agency of the Archangel Gabriel in stages over approximately 23 years.

But the variant traditions are present in such quantity as to deserve some attention in a description of the process by which revelation became canon. The incompatibility of Islamic and Jewish sources was only partially neutralised, but the tyranny of the ‘Hijazi origins of Islam’ fully demonstrated, by insistence upon a major Jewish immigration into central Arabia.

Translating John Wansbrough…into English

The Quran was written and collected in a long process over years and thus cannot be attributed to Muhammad. A distinctly referential, as contrasted with expository, style characterises Quranic treatment of most of what I have alluded to as schemata of revelation…”. For later times, Muhammad had only the function to provide an own identity to the new religious movement according to the role model of a Prophet of the Old Testament.


Technical terms C. But is it worth the effort to do so? Wansbrough sets out his views on variants within the text. This table prepared by Rippin wanebrough the 17 manuscripts upon which Wansbrough relied and gives references in those cases where they have since been published. Sources and Methods of Scriptural Interpretation. The American civil war had taken place with large losses of life, even if the casualty statistics transmitted orally had become unreliable.

John Wansbrough

Scientists often use “thought experiments” as a way of testing or explaining their thinking. Wansbrough sets the scene by explaining wansbdough he sees the Quran as fitting within the wider tradition of revelation and the preceding Jewish and Christian scriptures. He died at Montaigu-de-QuercyFrance. A second edition of the work appeared in three volumes, with volumes 1 and 2 edited and rewritten by Friedrich Schwallyand volume 3 writ- ten by Gotthelf Bergstrasser and Otto Pretzl Students and scholars who doubt the wanbsrough view of the genesis of the Quran as well:.

His work has been taken forward in diverse ways by a number of his students and others, and there is no single consistent “radical” view. Wansrough he appears to contend that segments of text, already regarded as sacred, were stuck together to make the Quran.

Isolation of such monotheist imagery as is characteristic of themes like divine retribution and sign, covenant and exile, indicates the perpetuation in Muslim scripture of established literary types. This situation is illustrated by consideration of the sheer quantity of scholarship that has been produced and the number of scholarly landmarks that exist in the field.

But even when supported by a highly differentiated nomenclature for the modalities of transmission, ascription can be remarkably unstable. The Quran was composed by Muhammad pbuh himself who falsely claimed that it had come from God or who may have genuinely but incorrectly believed that it came from God.