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A Christian Qur’ān? A Study in the Syriac background to the language of the Qur’ān as presented in the work of Christoph Luxenberg

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Daniel King

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The present paper constitutes a partial response to Christoph Luxenberg’s The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran (Berlin 2007), a book that has achieved a certain notoriety among both specialist Arabists and at a more popular level. Luxenberg suggests that the origins of the Holy Book of Islam lie in a misunderstood Christian lectionary, written in an otherwise unattested form of Arabic heavily influenced by what he calls ‘Syro-Aramaic’. He even speaks in this context of an ‘Aramaic-Arabic hybrid language ("Mischsprache")’. The paper is a series of notes and responses to the individual verses discussed in the book. It is of necessity somewhat unstructured, since this is very much the nature of the book itself, but I have attempted broadly to organise it into meaningful sections.
How to Cite: King, D., (2009). A Christian Qur’ān? A Study in the Syriac background to the language of the Qur’ān as presented in the work of Christoph Luxenberg. Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture. 3, pp.44–71. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18573/j.2009.10300
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Published on 15 Dec 2009.
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