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The Development of the Qu'ran
An explanation of how the Qu'ran was developed.
# 147771 | 1,306 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Jun 29, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Islam)

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This paper discusses the Qur'an, also known as the Koran, which is the most sacred and religious book of the Muslim community. It describes the numbers of verses and chapters included, explaining that it is believed that Muhammad delivered the Qur'an orally during his entire life. It goes on to explain the discussions that have taken place all through history in efforts to achieve a standardization, concluding with the view that it is time to re-innovate and review the tradition and practice according to the current outlook and modern society.


From the Paper:

''The scholars have bifurcated the development of Qur'an along with its detail study in two major schools of thought, and these two thoughts are the traditionalist view on the one hand and non-traditionalist on the other. According to the traditionalist view, the Qur'an, which is very, much based on the early Islamic literature and is thought to be the original and most believable work of Muhammad, which is said to be a revelation of divinity and was assembled in 610 AD. (Origin and development of the Qur'an) But the genuineness of the work is doubted and the argument behind this was that most of these preachings and revelations were based on memory and does not have any written record and most of them were not written down clearly during Muhammad's period. (MacDonald, 17) Many of the revelations were gradually collected and were compiled in present format during 653/654 AD by caliph Uthman. And this was punctuated and carefully given vowel pointing during seventh and eighth centuries and the development phase started from here. But if we take a glance on the non-traditionalist view we can clearly see that it includes various schools of thoughts, with uncertainty and judge the declaration of the Qur'an as a text by critically analyzing the entire work. According to the both communities of Sunni and Shia, both share common view towards authentic traditions and thus both communities point out some disputes on the number of authentic hadith which had reference to the Uthmanic edition of the Qur'an. (Origin and development of the Qur'an)''

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