The Silent Qur'an and the Speaking Qur'an: Scriptural Sources of Islam Between History and Fervor

Hardcover | December 8, 2015

byMohammad Ali Amir-moezziTranslated byEric Ormsby

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Two major events occurred in the early centuries of Islam that determined its historical and spiritual development in the centuries that followed: the formation of the sacred scriptures, namely the Qur'an and the Hadith, and the chronic violence that surrounded the succession of the Prophet, manifesting in repression, revolution, massacre, and civil war.

This is the first book to evaluate the writing of Islam's major scriptural sources within the context of these bloody, brutal conflicts. Conducting a philological and historical study of little-known though significant ancient texts, Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi rebuilds a Shi'ite understanding of Islam's early history and the genesis of its holy scriptures. At the same time, he proposes a fresh interpretative framework and a new data set for theorizing the early history of Islam, isolating the contradictions between Shi'ite and Sunni sources and their contribution to the tensions that rile these groups today.

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Two major events occurred in the early centuries of Islam that determined its historical and spiritual development in the centuries that followed: the formation of the sacred scriptures, namely the Qur'an and the Hadith, and the chronic violence that surrounded the succession of the Prophet, manifesting in repression, revolution, mass...

Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi is professor of classical Islamic thought at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne University (Paris). He is also senior research fellow at the Institute of Ismaili Studies (London). His publications largely concern Shi'i Islam and the history of the Qur'an and include The Divine Guide in Early Shi'is...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231173784

ISBN - 13:9780231173780

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Table of Contents

A Word to the ReaderAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Violence and Scripture in the Book of Sulaym ibn Qays2. Qur'anic Recensions and Political Tendencies: Al-Sayyari and His Book of Revelation and Falsification, by M. A. Amir-Moezzi and E. Kohlberg3. The Necessity of Hermeneutics: On the Qur'anic Commentary of al-Hibari4. The Emergence of Gnosis: A Monograph on Knowledge Compiled by al-Saffar al-Qummi5. Perfecting a Religion: Remarks on al-Kulayni and His Summa of Traditions, by M. A. Amir-Moezzi and H. AnsariEpilogueAbbreviationsNotesBibliographyIndex

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One of the most important pieces ever written on the Qur'an and Islam. It is a must-read for every student and expert of Islam and its history.