The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran: A Contribution to the Decoding of the Language of the Koran

The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran: A Contribution to the Decoding of the Language of the Koran Review

Throughout its history the Koran has presented problems of interpretation. Some scholars estimate that at least a quarter of the text is obscure in meaning, not only for Western translators but even native Arabic speakers, who struggle with the archaic vocabulary that is no longer used in modern Arabic.
In this in-depth study of the language of the Koran, scholar Christoph Luxenberg dispels much of the mystery surrounding numerous hitherto unclear passages. The key, as Luxenberg shows exhaustively, is to understand that Aramaic--the language of most Middle Eastern Jews and Christians of the pre-Islamic era--had a pervasive influence on the development of the Arabic text of the Koran. For a thousand years preceding the advent of Islam, Aramaic (or Syriac as it was sometimes called) was the lingua franca of many parts of the Near East. It was the native language of the first Christian evangelists and the main liturgical language of the early Christian churches from Syria to Iran.

Based on this historical context and a profound knowledge of Semitic languages, Luxenberg clarifies many thorny textual puzzles. Perhaps his most interesting argument is that the passage often translated as referring to the "virgins" that are believed to greet the departed faithful in paradise was long ago misunderstood. In fact, knowledge of ancient Christian hymns in Aramaic suggests that the word in question refers to "grapes" that the departed will enjoy in a paradisiacal garden. Luxenberg discusses many other similar fascinating instances where Aramaic vocabulary and concepts influenced the text of the Koran

This highly erudite work makes a significant contribution to the study of the Koran and the history of Islamic origins.

Title:The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran: A Contribution to the Decoding of the Language of the Koran
Edition Language:English

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  • Bchara

    I bought this book as a gift to myself after my thesis defense last february, after i heard so much about it. Finally a year later i read it. I do know arabic, and can read syriac, but that was not en...

  • Chedy Riahi

    القراءة السريانية الآرامية للقرآن كتاب لكريستوف لوكسينبرج (وهو إسم مستعار) يقدم فيه أطروحة مضادة للتقليد الإ...

  • Tariq Mahmood

    Fascinating insight into the first book written in the Arabic language, the Koran. The author presents a detailed and well researched translation of the confusing words of the Koran which he claims ar...

  • N.

    Though the book is written in English, I think a reader who doesn't read Arabic will suffer a lot to follow the author's analysis. As a matter of fact, even the reader who knows good Arabic will suffe...

  • Ranooshe

    It's the messed up first step effort of a foreigner to the region, the culture and the religion,at trying to decipher a holy book. I call it a first step because the book makes a number of erroneous a...

  • Jamal Armel

    There was no reason for the 11 September 2001 Muslim hijackers to expect 72 virgins with big eyes and round bosoms as a reward for their "martyrdom". They would rather find vineyards with white and co...

  • Sami

    Despite I read and speak Arabic it was a hard book to read and understand everything it would be easier to read if you were a linguistic expert and advanced in Arabic grammar But still very interestin...

  • Jamal Esam

    A boring book. Although I read dozens of articles about the Syro-Aramic origins of Arabic language and listened to hours of speeches, but this book is too much boring (I read 50 pages), I felt like re...

  • mahatmanto

    gak usah direview.takut....