An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur'an

An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur'an

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The Qura€™an makes extensive use of older religious material, stories, and traditions that predate the origins of Islam, and there has long been a fierce debate about how this material found its way into the Qura€™an. This unique book argues that this debate has largely been characterized by a failure to fully appreciate the Qura€™an as a predominately oral product. Using innovative computerized linguistic analysis, this study demonstrates that the Qura€™an displays many of the signs of oral composition that have been found in other traditional literature. When one then combines these computerized results with other clues to the Qura€™ana€™s origins (such as the demonstrably oral culture that both predated and preceded the Qura€™an, as well as the a€œfolk memorya€ in the Islamic tradition that Muhammad was an oral performer) these multiple lines of evidence converge and point to the conclusion that large portions of the Qura€™an need to be understood as being constructed live, in oral performance. Combining historical, linguistic, and statistical analysis, much of it made possible for the first time due to new computerized tools developed specifically for this book, Bannister argues that the implications of orality have long been overlooked in studies of the Qura€™an. By relocating the Islamic scripture firmly back into an oral context, one gains both a fresh appreciation of the Qura€™an on its own terms, as well as a fresh understanding of how Muhammad used early religious traditions, retelling old tales afresh for a new audience.The Haifa team error-checked their database, using a manual subset as a control . ... This work is still ongoing at the time of writing, with the website developed as a user-friendly ... of Quranic Arabica#39; presented at the Seventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation, 2010 ; Kais ... These were programmed and run on an Apple MacBook Pro computer, using the free MAMP program ( to run Apache, Mapping the Landscape 159.

Title:An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur'an
Author:Andrew G. Bannister
Publisher:Lexington Books - 2014-04-24


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