Wansbrough devised a new theory that the Quran was composed much different view was put forward by the academic John Wansbrough. It seems that the most radical assessment was demonstrated by John Wansbrough in his exceptional works, Quranic Studies: Sources and Methods of Scriptural. The literary analysis employed by John Wansbrough in his study on the Quran lead to a novel historic inference. COM 08 07 06 05 04 5 4 3 2 1 Libraiy of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Wansbrough, John E., — Quranic studies: sources and methods of.


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Many of the incidents mentioned in the Quran also occur in the Jewish and Christian scriptures. This is to be expected since Abraham, Moses and Jesus to name but a few were prophets of God just like Muhammad.

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Peace be upon them all. The non-Muslim view The Quran was composed by John wansbrough quranic studies pbuh himself who falsely claimed that it had come from God or who may have genuinely but incorrectly believed that it came from God. The Jewish and Christian john wansbrough quranic studies mentioned in the Quran appear there because Muhammad pbuh was familiar with them from Jews and Christians that he encountered.

There was a whole body of stories, known as the Israiliyat in Arabic, known at that time from which Muhammad pbuh took the themes in the Quran.

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The Quranic response to this non-Muslim view This non-Muslim view is mentioned many times in john wansbrough quranic studies Quran. The response from God, as stated in the Quran, is that if the john wansbrough quranic studies considered that Muhammad pbuh was composing the Quran himself, they were challenged to compose something of equivalent literary merit.

Now this Qur'an could not possibly have been devised by anyone save God: And yet, they [who are bent on denying the truth] assert, "[Muhammad] has invented it!

The same point is made in many other places in the Quran. Where the two viewpoints agree The Muslim view and the non-Muslim view agree on the following basic facts, amongst others: Muhammad pbuh was born in Mecca, grew up there and began having revelations which he claimed came from God.

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Muhammad pbuh was persecuted by the pagan Arabs. Muhammad pbuh moved from Mecca to Medina where he was the leader of the community.


After Muhammad pbuh died, Abu Bakr succeeded him as caliph and was followed by caliphs Umar, Uthman and Ali and then others. The disagreement between Muslims and non-Muslims is not about the basic facts but about whether Muhammad pbuh received the Quran from God or whether he composed it himself.

The non-Muslim view should not be regarded by Muslims as in any way problematical. The Quran itself recognises that john wansbrough quranic studies will choose not john wansbrough quranic studies believe in Islam while making it clear that they face the risk of punishment in the afterlife.

Say, "The truth is from your Lord": Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject it: How uncomfortable a couch to recline on! His work has been taken forward in diverse ways by a john wansbrough quranic studies of his students and others, and there is no single consistent "radical" view.

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However, Wansbrough's own view was that the Quran was most probably composed around years later than the standard date, and in Mesopotamia rather than the Hijaz the area of Western Arabia john wansbrough quranic studies includes Mecca and Medina. This radical view is much more challenging to a Muslim than the standard non-Muslim view.


If the Quran was composed years later and in Mesopotamia, then God could not possibly have given it to Muhammad pbuh.

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