Qur’ānic Stories

God, Revelation and the Audience

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Leyla Ozgur Alhassen
  • Edinburgh: 
    Edinburgh University Press
    , March
     184 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


Leyla Ozgur Alhassen approaches the Qur’an as a literary, religious and oral text that affects its audience. She looks at how Qur’anic stories function as narrative: how characters and dialogues are portrayed; what themes are repeated; what verbal echoes and conceptual links are present; what structure is established; and what beliefs these narrative choices strengthen.

Ozgur Alhassen argues that, in the Qur’an, some narrative features that are otherwise puzzling can be seen as instances in which God, as the narrator, centres himself while putting the audience in its place. In essence, this makes the act of reading an interaction between God and the audience.

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

Leyla Ozgur Alhassen is visiting scholar in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2011, focusing on Arabic literature. 


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