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An informative and useful collection of essays
on 20 May 2000
Although some of the material is older, as someone new to Quranic studies I found it very helpful. Even today, there is scant material available on the sources of the Quran, and so having some of the older work of the likes of Jeffreys et al is immensely helpful.
I found it interesting that most of the criticisms of Warraq's book from Muslims consist of "but the Quran says it's from God, so it must be". This is circular reasoning and, sadly, nonsense. The authors whose essays appear in this book have endeavoured to show that the text of the Quran has a history (difficult, given the burning by the third Caliph of many early manuscripts) and was, in many cases, copied verbatim from other sources such as the Talmud.