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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He realized that the early Islamic texts addressed an audience which was familiar with Jewish and Christian texts, and that Jewish and Christian theological problems were discussed. Wansbrough wansbrouhh drawing attention to a stylistic wansbroufh of the Quran which often surprises new readers, especially if they are familiar with the straightforward narrative style of the Bible. Versions of the chronology, together with traditions relating to the moment of revelation, have been considered adequate criteria for describing the collection and preservation of that text by the Muslim community.

But even when supported by a highly wansrbough nomenclature for the modalities of transmission, ascription can be remarkably unstable. This is to be expected since Abraham, Moses and Jesus to name but a few were prophets of God just like Muhammad.

The person of Muhammad would be a later invention, or at least Muhammad cannot be related to the Quran. Instead he appears to contend that segments of text, already regarded as sacred, were stuck together to make the Quran. It is quite rare for the author of a book to succeed in irritating me no matter how much I might disagree with what the author has written but Wansbrough has succeeded in doing so.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Bibliography As one would expect in a scholarly work, there is a 12 page bibliography. It may, indeed, be supposed that the public for whom Muslim scripture was intended could be expected to supply the missing detail. However he also ignores all other historical information as no historical facts are cited anywhere in the book. Wansbrough sets the scene by explaining how he sees the Quran as fitting within the wider tradition of revelation and the preceding Jewish and Christian scriptures.


The American civil war had taken place with large losses of life, even if the casualty statistics transmitted orally had become unreliable. 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 A short time period in a stable environment Biblical scholarship developed to understand how the Bible came to be written over a very long period.

However apart from what he says about the repetitions themselves, I could not see any additional support being offered for his assertions. He discusses a number of different accounts of this story in the manuscripts and concludes that what is said about the chronology of the revelation of Surat Maryam cannot be relied upon.

The sectarian milieu, content and composition of islamic salvation history (John WANSBROUGH)

Its composition 33 II. Sources and Methods of Scriptural Interpretation. Wansbrough analyzed the classical Islamic narratives which had been written to years after Muhammad with the historical-critical methodespecially literary criticism.

He is aware that Muslims consider that the Quran wasnbrough and completes the prior revelations. He died at Montaigu-de-QuercyFrance. The pattern of fulfilment figuram implere [‘to fill the figure’ per Google Translate] cannot, or at least hardly, be elicited from a comparison of Muslim with Hebrew scripture.

Translating John Wansbrough…into English | International Qur’anic Studies Association

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In Rippin’s view modern Quran scholarship began with Abraham Geiger’s essay originally written in Latin and then published in German as “Was hat Mohammed aus dem Judenthume aufgenommen? It is not the work of several writers, but only of one man who accomplished it in the short span of a generation. HawtingPatricia Crone and Michael Cook. The Quran itself recognises that many will choose not to believe in Islam while making it clear that they face the risk of punishment in the afterlife.


John Wansbrough

Some of the 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. As a simple illustration, there are about 1, years between the fall of Samaria BC and the Council of Nicea AD during which time Palestine was repeatedly conquered by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks and Romans with Jewish civilisation being repeatedly disrupted. They have been melded into a book but with relatively little fusion.

The time period involved is much shorter.

A distinctly referential, as contrasted with expository, style characterises Quranic treatment of most of what I have alluded to as schemata of revelation…”. This scripture was then imagined to have the sorts of internal relationships of works that are intentionally composed as a single unit by a single author.

It would have helped to have them as footnotes on each page to avoid having to leaf backwards and forwards but Rippin did not wish to be seen as changing Wansbrough’s original text.

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 wansbbrough be foisted upon everyone and passed off as having originated years earlier.