The Quran and Adab: The Shaping of Literary Traditions in Classical Islam

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EditorNuha Alshaar

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Though there have been many studies on the Qur'an's importance in tafsIr (Qur'anic commentary), there are comparatively few which look at the impact of the Qur'an on other forms of literature. The Qur'an and Adab: The Shaping of Literary Traditions in Classical Islam bridges the gap in thescholarship by placing the Qur'an in its broader cultural and literary contexts. It explores the Qur'an's relation to classical literary traditions (adab) from pre-Islamic times until the fifteenth century CE, focusing on the various ways in which the classical literati (udaba) engaged with theQur'anic text, linguistically, conceptually, structurally, and aesthetically, to create works that combined the sacred with the profane, thereby blurring the boundaries between formal tafsIr and adab.Through a detailed introduction and a series of case studies, the volume rethinks the concept of adab and the relation of scripture to humanistic traditions in classical Islam and questions the general classification of adab as belles-lettres. It examines the religious aesthetic found in differenttypes of adab works - poetry, literary criticism, epistles, oratory traditions, anthologies, "mirrors for princes", folklore, and mystical/Sufi literature. Featuring contributions by leading scholars, the collection investigate the intertextuality between pre-lslamic poetry and the Qur'an, and theinnumerable approaches to the Qur'an by classical authors. It discusses the various citation techniques employed in the udabas borrowing of Qur'anic language, concepts, and stories. The chapters explain how the choice of these techniques was determined by the literary conventions of the particulargenres and contexts within which the udaba were working, as well as by their authorial intention, theological, and ideological outlooks. They also highlight the link between the functions ascribed to Qur'anic quotations in a specific text and the need to convey a particular message to specificaudiences.

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Though there have been many studies on the Qur'an's importance in tafsIr (Qur'anic commentary), there are comparatively few which look at the impact of the Qur'an on other forms of literature. The Qur'an and Adab: The Shaping of Literary Traditions in Classical Islam bridges the gap in thescholarship by placing the Qur'an in its broade...

Nuha Alshaar joined the Institute of Ismaili Studies in 2009 as a Research Associate, where she focuses on ethical concepts in early Qur'an interpretation, and on the relationship between the Qur'an, tafsIr, and classical literary traditions (adab). She also teaches Islamic Intellectual History and Thought, as well as Arabic Literature...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:600 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:April 29, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Nuha Alshaar: Introduction: The Relation of the Qur'an to Adab: Conceptual and Historical FrameworkPart I: The Qur'an and Classical Poetry: Intertextuality and Literary Sensibilities1. Angelika Neuwirth: The 'Discovery of Writing' in the Qur'an: Tracing a Cultural Shift in Arab Late Antiquity2. Ghassan El-Massri: The Qur'an and the Character of Ancient Arabic Poetry: The liyya of al-Aswad b. Ya'fur al-Nahshal (d. 600 CE)3. Beatrice Gruendler: Abbasid Poets and the Qur'anPart II: Qur'an in Literary Criticism4. Geert Jan van Gelder: The Qur'an in Kitb al-Bad' by Ibn al-Mu'tazz (d. 296/908)5. Bilal Orfali and Maurice Pomerantz: 'I See a Distant Fire': Kitb al-Iqtibs min al-Qur'an al-Karm by al-Tha'lib (d. 429/1030)Part III: The Qur'an as an Aesthetic and Literary Model6. Sarah Bin Tyeer: The Qur'an and the Aesthetics of Adabikyat Ab'l-Qsim al-Baghdad by Ab'l-Muahhar al-Azd (fl. Fifth/Eleventh Century)7. Devin Stewart: Rhythmical Anxiety: Notes on Ab'l-'Al' al-Ma'arr's (d. 449/1058) al-Ful wa'l-Ghyt and Its ReceptionPart IV: Approaches to the Qur an: Four Case Studies8. Tahera Qutbuddin: Qur'an Citation in Early Arabic Oration (Khutba): Mnemonic, Liturgical, and Testimonial Functions9. Wadad Kadi: The Impact of the Qur an on the Epistolography of aAbd al-Ham (d. 132/750)10. Nuha Alshaar: The Qur'an in Literary Anthologies: A Case Study of al-aIqd al-Farid by Ibn "Abd Rabbih al-Andalusi (d. 328/940)11. Louise Marlow: Wisdom and Justice: The Reception of the Qur'an in Some Arabic and Persian Mirrors for Princes of the Tenth and Eleventh CenturiesPart V: The Qur'an in Popular Literary Genres12. The Place of the Qur'an in The Sermons and Exhortations of Abu aUbayd (d. 224/838)13. Wen-chin Ouyang: The Renditions of Solomon's Ring in Pre-modern Arabic LiteraturePart VI: The Qur'an in Sufi Literature14. Nada Saab: For the Love of God: Sufi Negotiation of the Qur'anic Text and its Prophetic Stories in the Literature of Abu Said al-Kharraz (d. 286/899)15. Denis McAuley: Ibn "Arabi (d. 637/1240) and the Qur'an: A Series of Poems"16. Steffen Stelzer: Serving from Afar: Jalaluddin Rumi (d. 672/1273) on the adab of Interpreting the Qur an