John Wansbrough, SOAS University of London, History Department, Alumnus. Studies History, Semitic languages, and Comparative Semitic Linguistics. It seems that the most radical assessment was demonstrated by John Wansbrough in his exceptional works, Quranic Studies: Sources and. To launch into a discussion of John Wansbrough and his ideas is a daunting Wansbrough’s ideas deeply must be equipped with several languages in addi.

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The sectarian milieu, content and composition of islamic salvation history (John WANSBROUGH)

This is to be wansborugh since Abraham, Moses and Jesus to name but a few were prophets of God just like Muhammad. Awnsbrough isolation and description of its components the selection of criteria is a matter requiring the greatest care.

Wansbrough goes on to criticise other scholars who have sought to understand the Quran relying upon the traditional chronology of its revelation. Namely, the Quran originated where people have always believed it did, the Hijaz, johb at the time always believed, AD – AD, and there really was a prophet called Muhammad pbuh.

But the variant traditions are present in such quantity as to deserve some attention in a description of the process by which revelation became canon. As a source of caliphal authority the Quran designated kitab received but scant attention, usually in tandem: He realized that the early Islamic texts addressed an audience which was familiar with Jewish and Christian texts, and that Jewish and Christian theological problems were discussed.

It may not emerge well enough from the limited extracts quoted above, jojn I found Wansbrough’s writing style to be arrogant, and lacking in respect for the people he is discussing or indeed the scholars he is criticising, sufficiently so as to be irritating. The Jewish and Christian themes mentioned in the Quran appear there because Muhammad pbuh was familiar jhon them from Jews and Christians that he encountered.

I do not believe in ignoring an argument just because the person is saying things that contradict what I believe. Muslims believe God revealed it to Muhammad pbuh while non-Muslims believe that Muhammad pbuh composed it himself. Emblems of prophethood In this chapter Wansbrough sets out his views regarding the nature of prophethood.

This page previously used Facebook comments. The Quran is a text which many people memorise, and in a society where writing was little used one would expect even more memorisation. The current edition was published in and contains a forward, translations and expanded notes by Andrew Rippinone of Wansbrough’s graduate students and now a leading scholar in his own right.


It is quite rare for the author of a book to succeed in irritating me no matter how much I might disagree with what the author has written but Wansbrough has succeeded in doing so.

Not merely the principal themes, but also the rhetorical conventions by which they are linked and in which they are clothed, the variant traditions in which they have been preserved, as well as the incidence of exegetical gloss and linguistic assimilation, comprise the areas of investigation undertaken in the first part of these studies.

The Disqus comments facility below allows you to comment on this page. Its composition 33 II. Wansbrough ignores history The book is based entirely upon textual analysis of the Quran and the various manuscripts. He died at Montaigu-de-QuercyFrance. Not merely dogmas such as those defining scripture as the uncreated Word of God and acknowledging its formal and substantive inimitability, but also the entire corpus of Islamic historiography, by providing a more or less coherent and plausible report of the circumstances of the Quranic revelation, have discouraged examination of the document as representative of a literary type.

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It may, indeed, appear from my description of that document that the Muslim scripture is not only composite, but also, and such can be inferred from a typological analysis of Quranic exegesis, that the wanabrough required for its achievement was rather more than a single generation.

The Quran was written and collected in a long process over years and thus cannot be attributed to Muhammad. It is only two minutes long and many Americans memorise it even now. Such are the scholarly foundations of the field of study. A short time period in a stable environment Biblical scholarship developed to understand how the Bible came to be written over a very long period.

This situation wansbrugh illustrated by consideration of the sheer quantity of scholarship that has been produced and the number of scholarly landmarks that exist in the field.

In Rippin’s view modern Quran scholarship began with Abraham Geiger’s essay originally written in Latin and then published in German as “Was hat Mohammed aus dem Judenthume aufgenommen?

Translating John Wansbrough…into English

Demonstration of the ‘historical development of Abraham in the Quran’for Moubarac the evolution of a composite figure out an originally dual image, required wansbrougg only a verifiable chronology of revelation but also the structural unity of the Canon.


If the Quran was composed years later and in Mesopotamia, then God could not possibly have given it to Muhammad pbuh.

Since there were Jews to the north of the Hijaz and Jews to the jlhn of the Hijaz, I do not understand why Wansbrough regards it as incredible that there were Jews in the Hijaz! Journal of the Wansbbrough Oriental Society [] Geiger’s study was motivated by the underlying thrust of post-Enlightenment work generally, which promoted a sense of curiosity to which no particular value was added over and above the desire to know the previously unknown.

Because of its importance, however, it is all the more regrettable that this volume is such an exceedingly cumbersome and gratuitously difficult work, one marked by impenetrable syntax and often unintelligible joh of ideas. The comments received while that facility was in use have been preserved as the image below.

Muhammad pbuh moved from Mecca to Medina where he was the leader of the community. Join my email list.

Full text of “Quranic Studies by John Wansbrough”

Unlike the minutiae to be gained from variae lectiones ,[variant readings] analysis of variant traditions will not support the theory of an Urtext [original text] nor even that of a composite edition produced by deliberations in committee, both of which may, not surprisingly, be traced to Rabbinic Vorlagen [prior texts]. However it is worth reading Surat Yusuf oneself to see if it is really as unclear as Wansbrough states. In particular I have skipped over the many pages of detailed textual analysis.

Origins of classical Arabic In this chapter Wansbrough sets out his views of the way that the Arabic language developed. Now this Qur’an could not possibly have been devised by anyone save God: What struck me was Wansbrough’s approach to the sources. Modern biblical scholarship fills a library many times the size of that devoted to the Quran. Yet Wansbrough’s theory is today considered to be too radical in detail, especially in the total separation of the emergence of the Quran from the person of Muhammad.

Sources and Methods of Scriptural Interpretation.