Prolegomena to the Quran

Hardcover | June 25, 1998

byAl-Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al-Musawi al-KhuiTranslated byAbdulaziz Sachedina

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Ayatollah al-Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al Musawi al-Khui (1899-1992) was one of the most respected and widely acclaimed authorities on Twelver Shi'ite Islam in this century. This book, which was first published in Arabic in 1974, presents al-Khuis comprehensive introduction to the history of theQuran. In it, al-Khui revisits many critical and controversial topics connected with the collection and ultimate canonization of the text that have received little attention in contemporary Muslim scholarship since the classical age. For instance, he tackles what is probably the single mostcontroversial subject in Quranic studies: the question of possible alterations to the Quran as maintained by some succeeding generations of compilers of the Quran. Throughout the volume, al-Khui stresses the importance of understanding the historical setting in which the Quran was revealed; he does this in order to apply its provisions appropriately in contemporary Muslim society, with its ever-expanding legal and ethical requirements. In addition toexpounding his own views, al-Khui also has the polemical purpose of refuting Sunni beliefs and concepts concerning various matters related to the theories of alteration and abrogation in the Quran. His arguments illuminate some of the substantial yet little-understood and appreciated issues thathave been truly at stake between the two principal segments of the Muslim community. Translator Abdulaziz A. Sachedina supplies a helpful introduction to al-Khuis work, discussing the methodological problems involved with the study of such texts, and placing it in the historical context of polemic literature in Islam.

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Ayatollah al-Sayyid Abu al-Qasim al Musawi al-Khui (1899-1992) was one of the most respected and widely acclaimed authorities on Twelver Shi'ite Islam in this century. This book, which was first published in Arabic in 1974, presents al-Khuis comprehensive introduction to the history of theQuran. In it, al-Khui revisits many critical an...

Abdulaziz Sachedina is at University of Virginia, Charlottesville.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.29 × 6.1 × 1.1 inPublished:June 25, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great reference Ayatullah Khui's methodology is academic. The content of the book serves better as a reference to certain topics pertaining to Qur'anic exegesis. The translator, Dr. Aziz Sachedina's introduction is also helpful in assessing the religious/political situaiton in Iraq during the life of the author. In the book, topics ranging from the Abrogation, Collection and Inimitibility of the Qur'an are covered. Overall, a good reference book with valuable insight by one of the greatest Muslim scholars of our time.
Date published: 2000-05-15

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"Now, with the publication [of this book], the thought of a major modern Shi-i scholar has been made accessible and invites a treatment of the principles of Islamic exegetical activity in the twentieth century that is inclusive of both Summi and Shi-i views. One hopes similar translations ofother Shi-i scholarly works will follow in its wake."--Journal of the American Oriental Society