Prophets in the Quran: An Introduction to the Quran and Muslim Exegesis

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Brannon M. Wheeler
A&C Black, Jun 18, 2002 - Religion - 391 pages
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What was the name of Noah's son who did not survive the Flood? Why do Pharaoh and Haman build the Tower of Babel? For what reasons does Moses travel to the ends of the Earth? Who is the 'Horned-One' who holds back Gog and Magog until the Day of Judgement? These are some of the questions answered in the oral sources and Quran commentaries on the stories of the prophets as they are understood by Muslims. Designed as an introduction to the Quran with particular emphasis on parallels with Biblical tradition, this book provides a concise but detailed overview of Muslim prophets from Adam to Muhammad. Each of the chapters is organized around a particular prophet, including an English translation of the relevant verses of the Quran and a wide selection of classical, medieval and modern Muslim commentaries on those verses. Quran commentaries include references to Sunni and Shi'i sources from Spain, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. An extensive glossary provides an annotated list of all scholarly transmitters and cited texts with suggestions for further reading.This is an excellent book for undergraduate courses, and students in divinity and seminary programmes. Comparisons between the Quran and Bible, and among Jewish, Christian and Islamic exegesis are highlighted. Oral sources, references adapted from apocryphal and pseudepigraphical works, and inter-religious dialogue are all evident throughout these stories of the prophets. This material shows how the Quran and its interpretation are integral to a fuller and more discerning understanding of the Bible and its place in the history of Western religion.
 

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I'm fairly certain the previous reviewer has no clue what this book is or its aims. The main point here is that traditional Muslim medieval exegesis doesn't exist in a vacuum, any more than the Quranic text does /did, supernatural claims notwithstanding. The organization of this work is unique in that it compiles sources around the characters themselves, the idea being one of comparative studies. Oral tradition recanted in the Quran is linked to other background past-biblical sources that existed in the same milieu and overlapped in theological ideologies.
Wheeler is an excellent scholar, but the topic can hold a steep learning curve, as Western scholarship inroads into Quranic studies has really only come into it's own in the last 40 years or so, with a few early 20th century pioneers who stood as exceptions to the unchallenged doctrinal narrative of Islamic origins.
 

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some things dont make sense why they dont talk about the idumeans these are adites!!!!!!!! from ad bin aws bin iram bin Sam bin Nuh AS the ad perished Hud family and those who believed with tribe of thamud thamud are adites and would be descnedants of Hud and they believed in Allah when they went astray Prophet Saalih was sent to them they perished Prophet Salih remained family those who believed it was was Imliq who succeeded the Thamud a mix the imliq are adites as well ((When Thamud in turn was destroyed, the remaining sons of Iram were called Arman — they are Nabateans
from Prophets and Patriarchs)))
The origin of the Nabateans remains obscure, but they were Aramaic speakers, and the term "Nabatean" was the Arabic name for an Aramean of Syria and Iraq.
the people of Ismail AS ,Israelites, Bani Ghassan came and settled there after
the Nabateans language and culture was Aramaic Syria and Iraq the arabian kingdom of Hatra(hadr) iraq was aramaic Hadad is an aramean name
 

Contents

Introduction
1
Adam and Eve
15
Children of Adam and Eve
36
Idris
45
Noah
49
Hud
63
Salih
74
Abraham
83
People of the Well
164
Jonah
168
Moses in Egypt
173
Moses and the Israelites
198
Khidr and Dhu alQarnayn
222
Aaron and Joshua
238
Samuel and Saul
254
Daniel
280

Ishmael
109
Isaac and Jacob
112
Lot
118
Joseph
127
Shuayb
146
Job
157
Dhu alKifl
161
Jesus
297
Muhammad
321
Glossary of Interpreters and Transmitters
335
Suggestions for Further Reading
362
Index of Quran Citations
375
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Brannon Wheeler is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Comparative Religion at the University of Washington in Seattle where he is also coordinator of the new programme in Comparative Islamic Studies. He has published widely on Quranic Studies and Islamic Law with particular focus on the evolution of Islam in late antiquity and the early medieval world of the Mediterranean and Near East.

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