The Qur’an is the believed to be God’s message to all humanity. It is the most central text in Islam and Muslims strive to shape their religious and social lives according to the principles and rulings derived from the Qur’an. Yet the textual history of the sacred text has often been taken granted. Questions and various theories regarding how God’s revelation was recorded, collected and preserved by early Muslims are often overlooked.
This course aims to study the textual history of the Qur’an by investigating these questions. The course examines various academic studies and their arguments on the subject such as studies based on the literary analysis of the Qur’an, based on the Muslim traditions (ahadith), based on non-Islamic sources and based on archaeological data. At the end of the course, the students will gain access the theories that have been developed in the last two centuries and will have a clear view of the current state of the field of the qur’anic studies.