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Self-Referentiality in the Qur’an (Stefan WILD)

Self-Referentiality in the Qur'an (Stefan WILD)

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WILD (Stefan), Self-Referentiality in the Qur’an, edited by Stefan Wild, Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz, ("Diskurse der Arabistik ; 11"), 169 p. ISBN 3-447-05383-6


Stefan Wild est Professeur au département des sciences islamiques de l’Institut für Orient- und Asienwissenschaften à l’Université de Bonn.


The Qur’an is probably the most self-referential text in the history of world religions. It often describes its own textuality, it reflects on Arabic as its linguistic medium, it distances itself from other genres of mantic speech such as poetry or soothsaying, it justifies itself vis-a-vis other revelations, and finally it contains important elements of exegesis. Muslim scripture is a message and at the same time often a message about the message. The self-reflexive mood of the Qur’an has only recently become a focus of Qur’anic studies. This collection of papers by a number of experts in the field outlines the role of selfreferentiality for the inner history of Qur’anic recitation, for the canonization of the Qur’anic text and for a better understanding of Qur’anic revelation in its historical embedding.

Table des matières

 Stefan Wild : Why self-referentiality?
 Gerald Hawting : Eavesdropping on the heavenly assembly and the protection of the revelation
from demonic corruption
 Thomas Hoffmann : Agonistic Poetics in the Qur’ān: Self-referentialities, Refutations, and the
Development of a Qur’ānic Self
  Daniel A. Madigan : The Limits of Self-referentiality in the Qur’ān
 Angelika Neuwirth : “Oral Scriptures” in Contact. The Qur’ānic Story of the Golden Calf and its
Biblical Subtext between Narrative, Cult, and Inter-communal Debate
 Matthias Radscheit : The Qur’ān – codification and canonization
 Nicolai Sinai : Qur’ānic self-referentiality as a strategy of self-authorization
 Stefan Wild : An Arabic Recitation. The Meta-Linguistics of Qur’ānic Revelation

Index of Qur’ānic references ; Index of names

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