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The Seal of Prophecy

Abdou Filali-Ansary and Sikeena Karmali Ahmed

in Islam

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780748639670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653188 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639670.003.0006
The Seal of Prophecy

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This chapter examines the ways in which Muhammad's message has been interpreted. It also provides a correction of these interpretations before putting them in their correct context. This chapter begins by underlining the oral nature of the Prophet's discourse. Because of the specificities of this discourse and the precise circumstances surrounding it, much of Muhammad's message, particularly the tone of his discourse, has been marked by confusion and anger. The chapter discusses the context of the discourse, which has been subject to varying and even contradictory interpretations. From the second/eighth century onwards, Muslims adopted a literal approach to interpretation of the Qur'an. This period saw the development of fiqh and was also a time when the state became concerned with the organisation of society on a religious basis. It was also the period when the Qur'anic text was definitively established and contemporary trends emerged.

Keywords: Muhammad's message; Prophet's discourse; interpretation; Qur'an

Chapter.  3140 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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