The Miraculous Language of the Qur'an : New,
"Evidence of Divine Origin"
*[A5] Paperback - 104 pages,
by Bassam Saeh,
Published by I.I.I.T.
Back in Stock August 2020Description
This study illustrates why the Qur’an’s language is miraculous, unique, and evidence of its divine authority. The author compares Qur’anic language with the language of pre-Islamic poetry, the Prophet’s,
), and the language of the Arabs both past and present, to demonstrate that although the Qur’an was revealed in classical Arabic it was at the same time an Arabic which was entirely new.
Original and early Muslim audiences viewed this as miraculous and responded to the Qur’an’s words, sounds, rhythms etc. in a manner consistent with a deeper appreciation of its beauty and majesty which modern ears, trained by familiarity, and despite being surrounded by all manner of dictionaries and studies, are at a loss to capture. The author attempts to remove this veil and present the Qur’an to readers as if hearing it for the first time, to bring to life something of this wonder.
In doing so he guides readers to appreciate the beauty of the Qur’an, to become more immersed in it, and have a clearer understanding of its structure and flow. Devoting special attention to Surah al-Muddaththir
(Chapter 74) to underpin his analysis, Saeh thus brings the Revelation to life, to demonstrate that each surah
has distinct features and characteristics that make it stand out uniquely within the design and sweep of the whole.
Of course we can only examine the Qur’an as far as our own limited intellects allow. Even the best tools of human literary analysis could not possibly do justice to what has incredibly come to man from God. Differentiating Qur’anic language from human ingenuity is another way of clearly stating that even the most gifted orators, and those exceptionally talented in the arts of literature and poetry, could not produce a single surah
“like unto it” (10:38). This confident Qur’anic assertion to prove its statement false is not only a wholly intellectual appeal and an open challenge to critics, but also fantastic by the sheer simplicity with which it presents this greatest of challenges.Dr. Bassam Saeh
holds a BA in Arabic literature from Damascus University, Syria, and an MA & PhD in modern Arabic poetry from Cairo University. He has been Head of the Arabic Department in Tishreen University, Syria (1977) and has taught in a number of other universities, including: Algeria, Saudi Arabia and Oxford.Table of Contents
---Miracle, or Mere Genius?
---What Did the Term I'jaz
(Miraculous) Mean to Early Islamic Thinkers?
---The Impact of the Qur'an's Newness on the Arabs of the Prophet's,
---The True Extent of the Miraculousness Manifested in the Qur'an's Linguistic Newness,
---The Miraculous Frequency of Qur'anic Innovations,
---The Perplexing Effect of the New Rhythmic Structure on the Qur'an's Arab Listeners,
---A Machine to Transport Me Back in Time,
---Three Vocabularies Qur'anic, Pre-Islamic, and Prophetic,
---The New Linguistic Revolution,
---Do the Characters of the Surah's
---The Qur'an's Unique Character,
---The New Linguistic Formulation,
---Most Qur'anic Linguistic Forms Do Not Repeat Themselves,
---Intensive Unique Qur'anic Constructions,
---Qur'anic Linguistic Templates : Their Names and Composition,
---"Produce Then a Surah
Like Unto It"
---Newness of Construction and Expression,
------The Qur'anic Construction (Tarkib
---Individual Words and the Miracle of Combining Newness and Clarity,
---The Importance of the New Terms Found in the Qur'an,
---Reconfiguring the Linguistic Unit,
---The New Situation of Traditional Conjunctions,
---New Inter-Word Relationships,
---The New Qur'anic Repertoire of Images,
------The Multi-Dimensional Image,
: A Linguistic Art Unique to the Qur'an,
------Instances of 'Open Language' in Surah al-Muddaththir
------The Various Qur'anic Readings and Open Language,
------The Open Language and Scientific Discoveries,
---Selected Sources and References,
------Arabic Language Sources,
------English Language Sources.
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Dimensions : 22.7 x 15.2cm.