How the text of the Qur’an tells a ‘hidden’ story about its own origins.
In his recent book, The Qur’an and its Biblical Reflexes, and in this video (from the June 11, 2020 live webinar), Mark Durie explores how the text of the Qur’an tells a ‘hidden’ story about its own origins, one which is different from the conventional account.
The Qur’an is a difficult book to read and understand. Within the religion of Islam, its text has always been read, explained and understood through the lens of the biography of Muhammad, which was itself based on later, sources committed to writing more than a century after the Qur’an came into existence.
This is a story about a small religious community, not located in Mecca, but somewhere else, enjoying a more moderate climate suited to agriculture but vulnerable to earthquakes, which found itself facing an existential theological crisis. Tune into this webinar to hear Mark Durie tell the story of how this crisis was resolved, and the momentous consequences which continue to influence the lives of billions, right down to the present day.
Mark Durie is a pastor and academic. He writes and speaks on a wide range of topics which include the connections between faith and culture, freedom of religion, religious persecution, the origin and history of Islam, and Christian missions. His writings help people understand what it means to live in a spiritual world. Mark is a Shillman-Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a Senior Research Fellow of the Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology. His publications on religious topics include The Qur’an and its Biblical Reflexes, Which God?, The Third Choice, and Liberty to the Captives. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
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