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The Falsification of Jewish and Christian Scriptures

Mun’im Sirry

in Scriptural Polemics

Published in print June 2014 | ISBN: 9780199359363
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780199359387 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199359363.003.0005
The Falsification of Jewish and Christian Scriptures

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This chapter discusses the serious charge leveled against Jews in the Qur’ān, namely taḥrīf, which is falsifying or tampering with the divine revelations that they received. It offers a detailed analysis of reformist Muslim approaches to this difficult issue. While some Muslim exegetes, including Riḍā, extend this accusation of falsification to the Christian scripture, others such as Qāsimī take a different direction, arguing for the authenticity of the biblical text. It is argued that modern Muslims’ knowledge of other peoples’ scriptures remains sketchy and that Western historical criticism of the Bible might have contributed to that effect.

Keywords: falsification; taḥrīf; historical criticism; scriptures; Bible; revelation

Chapter.  14142 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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