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Author Samji, Karim, 1978- author

Title The Qur'ān : a Form-Critical History / Karim Samji
Published Berlin ; Boston : De Gruyter, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (315 pages)
Series Studies in the history and culture of the Middle East, 2198-0853 ; Volume 32
Studies in the history and culture of the Middle East ; 32
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Abbreviations -- Acknowledgment -- Chapter 1: Method -- Chapter 2: Prayer -- Chapter 3: Liturgy -- Chapter 4: Wisdom -- Chapter 5: Narrative -- Chapter 6: Proclamation -- Chapter 7: Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Subject Index
Summary The corpus coranicum eludes familiar categories and resists strict labels. No doubt the threads woven into the fabric are exceptionally textured, varied, and complex. Accordingly, the introductory chapter of this book demonstrates the application of form criticism to the text. Chapter two then presents a form-critical study of the prayer genre. It identifies three productive formulae and addresses distinct social settings and forms associated with them. The third chapter begins by defining the liturgy genre vis-à-vis prayer in the Qurʼān. Drawing a line between the hymn and litany forms, this chapter treats each in turn. Chapter four considers the genre classified as wisdom literature. It identifies sapiential formulae and sheds light on wisdom contexts. The fifth chapter examines the narrative genre writ large. It also surveys narrative blocks of the long saga. The subsequent chapter on the proclamation genre inspects a set of vocative formulae, which occurs in the messenger situation. The concluding chapter looks at the corpus through synchronic and diachronic lenses. In the end, Qurʼānic genres encapsulate the form-critical elements of formulae, forms, and settings, as well as an historical dimension
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes In English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 27. Mrz 2018)
Subject Qurʼan -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 3110580047