Does the Qur’an intend to ‘correct’ the previous scriptures?

I have by this point written a number of articles on different words and verses in the Qur’an that relate to the topic of whether or not the Qur’an affirms the textual reliability of the previous scriptures. The interested reader can find them here, under the heading ‘The Qur’an affirms the Torah and Gospel’s reliability. […]

Stylistic evolution in the Qur’an?

Individual examples Nicolai Sinai (2017, 111) notes that a Muslim tradition (seemingly found in itself recognises a shift in Qur’anic terminology, seeing ‘O you who believe’ (yā-ayyuhā lladhīna āmanū) as a Medinan phrase, and ‘O you people’ (yā-ayyuhā l-nās) as a Meccan phrase. Nöldeke (2013[1860/1909], 99) claimed to detect a shift in the usage of […]

Does ḥarrafa imply textual corruption?

When Muslims think of the previous scriptures, one particular word may come to mind: Taḥrīf (‘corruption’, ‘altering’). They will often think of textual corruption; i.e. that the Torah and Gospel we have in our hands today cannot be trusted, because it has been textually corrupted in the past. The four ḥarrafa verses The Qur’an does […]

Does ‘furqān’ imply textual corruption?

It is sometimes said that the Qur’an is a furqān, ‘criterion’, i.e. a criterion between authentic and inauthentic, and it therefore guides us as to what is authentic and inauthentic in the previous scriptures. But is this what the Qur’an says? Qur’anic texts There are seven instances of furqān in the Qur’an, which I list […]

Do Western scholars think the Qur’an teaches the textual corruption of the previous scriptures? – Part 2

As with my previous blog post, this article is a response to a couple of Youtube videos (here and here) released a while ago by Blogging Theology. In those videos Paul portrays the majority of Western scholarship as accepting that the Qur’an teaches that the previous scriptures are textually corrupted. In reading from entries in […]

Do Western scholars think the Qur’an teaches the textual corruption of the previous scriptures? – Part 1

This article is a response to a couple of Youtube videos (here and here) released a while ago (apologies for the slow rate of reply!) by Blogging Theology. In those videos Paul at Blogging Theology portrays the majority of Western scholarship as accepting that the Qur’an teaches that the previous scriptures are textually corrupted. But […]

Does Q 2:79 claim that the previous scriptures have been textually corrupted?

In this article, we will consider both the Qur’anic text, as well as later commentary (tafsīr) on the Qur’an (see the appendix below for translations). The verse that we will consider is as follows: 79 So woe to those who write something down with their own hands and then claim, ‘This is from God,’ in […]