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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.
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on 9 February 1999
This is a useful collection of articles on the historical origins of the Qur'an, many of which are hard, for the non-specialist, to track down. The very small number of similar publications available on the market makes this an important book. However, the material included is rather old, to say the least, with virtually nothing from the last fifty years of scholarship, when important advances have been made. It is a shame, for example, that we are not given any "classic" introductions dealing with some recent discoveries, such as the early variant forms of the Qur'an found in the 70s in Yemen. It is also rather sad that, given the enormous number of critical (in the best sense of the word) studies of Christian and Jewish religious texts, that the articles included here do not make use of the plethora of historical tools that these, comparable works, have made available to the modern scholar.
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on 23 January 1999
I hope books like this will begin to expose the imperialistic and totalitarian nature of Arabic idealogies, AND their "manifesto". Its good to see that the discourse has finally begun!
Muslim's who are increasing in numbers in the west, must learn to respect free inquiry and action.
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on 27 December 1998
I gave three stars not to indicate that it is great book of value but rather interesting to see the other side of view how they think, what they think and where they fail. It was interesting to read this book to see the paralells betwwen the religions. I do not see the pount in comparing the ideas and stories in three major religions and claiming that Islam is a copy from the other religions and therefore has no value. etc. After all islam does not reject those religions but does not accept as they are either. If you do not believe in Mohammed why should you believe in others. after all at least we know Mohammed lived yet there is no Scientific proof that Jesus or Moses lived. I read it with joy because short of reading the other Bibles this book gave me compariosn in short time, made me familiar with other religions easliy. If the objective was to prove that it is a lie, it failed, how can you prove a thing as a lie if your means is also potentially a lie.If you are looking for reasons not to believe in prophets at all than read it, they all appears to be story but if you want to see the claims of the other side, than it is interesting but there are better things to read.
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on 8 September 2000
...This book, edited by the rather nebulous personage of "Ibn Warraq" (neither his full name nor his institutional affiliation, if any, are anywhere given), consists of thirteen previously published essays on the history and nature of the Qur'anic text, twelve of them dating from the half-century between 1890 and 1940 and only the thirteenth dating from as recently as 1985.
Very biased and uncritical collection of mostly anti-Islamic polemics.
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on 22 May 1999
Just because this man does not understand what God has said, doesn't mean these phrases are 'contradictions' or 'errors'.
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on 27 January 1999
I must say the author has done his research but the bottom line is who would you rather believe - man or God. When God says in the Quran that it is He who has revealed the Quran, I think I'd put my bets on the Lord. There are verses in the Quran that ask man to create even a single verse like those in the Quran, if indeed the Quran is product of human creation. It's an open challenge!
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