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The Convergence of Judaism and IslamReligious, Scientific, and Cultural Dimensions$
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Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036496

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036496.001.0001

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Quran and Muslim Exegesis as a Source for the Bible and Ancient History

Quran and Muslim Exegesis as a Source for the Bible and Ancient History

(p.23) 3 Quran and Muslim Exegesis as a Source for the Bible and Ancient History
The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Brannon Wheeler

University Press of Florida

Chapter 3 examines the concept of “Arab” prophets in the Quran and early Muslim exegesis. Using Muslim exegesis and documentary evidence from the ancient and late antique Near East, the chapter details how Muslim exegetes used biblical references and other pre-Islamic conceptions of prophethood to demonstrate that Muhammad was a continuation and culmination of an ancient Arab history of prophecy. In addition to illustrating how Muslim exegetes fashioned their authority vis-à-vis Judaism and Christianity, this Islamic conception of prophecy highlights the more general historical context from which biblical and Quranic notions of religious authority emerged from the common culture of the ancient Near East.

Keywords:   Muhammad, Abraham, Quran, Bible, exegesis

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