Quran and Muslim Exegesis as a Source for the Bible and Ancient History

Brannon Wheeler

in The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036496
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041810 | DOI:
Quran and Muslim Exegesis as a Source for the Bible and Ancient History

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Chapter 3 examines the concept of “Arab” prophets in the Quran and early Muslim exegesis. Using Muslim exegesis and documentary evidence from the ancient and late antique Near East, the chapter details how Muslim exegetes used biblical references and other pre-Islamic conceptions of prophethood to demonstrate that Muhammad was a continuation and culmination of an ancient Arab history of prophecy. In addition to illustrating how Muslim exegetes fashioned their authority vis-à-vis Judaism and Christianity, this Islamic conception of prophecy highlights the more general historical context from which biblical and Quranic notions of religious authority emerged from the common culture of the ancient Near East.

Keywords: Muhammad; Abraham; Quran; Bible; exegesis

Chapter.  9510 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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