Islamic and Comparative Religious Studies: Selected Writings

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2010 - Religion - 317 pages
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Here, William Graham, a leading scholar in the field of Islamic studies, gathers together his selected writings under three sections. Section one covers the history and interpretation of Islamic religion. Section two covers the Qur'an as scripture, and section three looks at scripture in the history of religion.
 

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Contents

Introduction
19
Introduction
107
Those Who Study and Teach the Quran
163
Scripture and the Quran
177
Scripture in the History of Religion
189
Scripture
195
Scripture as Spoken Word
217
The Indian Paradigm for Scriptural Orality
247
Pachomian Scriptural Practice
263
Scripture as a Case in Point
285
Bibliography
299
Index
305
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W. A. Graham has been a member of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences since 1973 and was appointed dean of Harvard Divinity School in 2002. He is a past director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and past chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, the Committee on the Study of Religion, the Committee on Middle Eastern Studies, and the Core Curriculum Subcommittee on Foreign Cultures at Harvard. From 1991-2003 he was Master of Currier House, one of Harvard's twelve residential colleges. He is also former chair of the Council on Graduate Studies in Religion (U.S. and Canada). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His scholarly work has focused on early Islamic religious history and textual traditions and problems in the history of world religion. In October 2000 he received the quinquennial Award for Excellence in Research in Islamic History and Culture from the Research Centre for Islamic History, Art and Culture, the research institute of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. He has held John Simon Guggenheim and Alexander von Humboldt research fellowships and is the author of Divine Word and Prophetic Word in Early Islam (1977; American Council of Learned Societies History of Religions Prize, 1978), Beyond the Written Word: Oral Aspects of Scripture in the History of Religion (1987, 1993), and numerous articles and reviews; co-author of The Heritage of World Civilizations (8th rev. ed., 2008) and Three Faiths, One God (2003); co-editor of Islamfiche: Readings from Islamic Primary Sources (1982-87). He received his A.B summa cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard.

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