The Qur'an and Its Biblical Reflexes

Investigations into the Genesis of a Religion

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Mark Durie
  • Lanham, MD: 
    Lexington Books
    , October
     394 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Abdulla Galadari forthcoming.


This path-breaking book sets aside the traditional story of the life of Muhammad, and inquires into the internal history of the Qur'an itself. Drawing on fresh insights from linguistics and theology, Durie puts forward a new and very different explanation for the “Mecca-Medina” division, attributing it to a theological crisis which arose in the Qur’anic community. Through careful investigation of theologically charged topics such as prophecy, Satan, sin, the oneness of God, covenant, warfare, divine presence, and holiness, Durie questions whether the Qur’an and Bible really do share a deeper connection. He invites the reader to set aside the frames through which the Qur’an has been viewed in the past, whether Biblical or Islamic, and invites us to attend to the Qur’an’s distinctive and unique theological vision, in its own terms.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mark Durie is Adjunct Research Fellow at the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at the Melbourne School of Theology.

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