Fables of the Ancients?: Folklore in the Qur'an

Fables of the Ancients Folklore in the Qur an Given the widespread consensus that the Qur an was in oral tradition before being committed to written form it should come as no surprise to learn that the Qur an still bears the traces of its origin

  • Title: Fables of the Ancients?: Folklore in the Qur'an
  • Author: Alan Dundes
  • ISBN: 9780742526723
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback
  • Given the widespread consensus that the Qur an was in oral tradition before being committed to written form, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Qur an still bears the traces of its original oral form The field of knowledge most concerned with oral tradition is folkloristics, the study of folklore Folklorist Alan Dundes has carefully and respectfully documentGiven the widespread consensus that the Qur an was in oral tradition before being committed to written form, it should come as no surprise to learn that the Qur an still bears the traces of its original oral form The field of knowledge most concerned with oral tradition is folkloristics, the study of folklore Folklorist Alan Dundes has carefully and respectfully documented some of these unmistakable traces These traces include numerous oral formulas repeated throughout the Qur an as well as several traditional folktales Just as Jesus effectively used parables to get His message across, so similar means are to be found in the Qur an The scholarly identification of formulas and folktales in the Qur an represents an entirely new approach to this world famous religious text Not only does it provide insight into the basic composition of this sacred document, but for readers not previously familiar with the Qur an, it pinpoints and makes accessible many of the principal themes contained therein.
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    • Grace says:

      Amazing and short book that has changed the way I think about the Qur'an. The first time I read the Qur'an I was bored by the constant repetition, but this book shows the formulas used in the Qur'an are the mark of oral-formulaic writing, or if you're a Muslim, divine invocations and highlights of the Qur'an's essential themes.I was also disturbed by what seemed like the use of folklore in the Qur'an which is something Muslims have gone to lengths to refute. This book shows that the Qur'an's use [...]

    • Thomas says:

      Somewhat obsequiously Dundes shares interesting insights regarding oral transliteration and the existence of fables within the Qur'an. You can tell that he is very uncomfortable and makes no attempts to draw together the threads of discussion into any firm conclusion lest one of those threads be attached to the tale end of some vicious animal. Given that this was published in 2003 and Dundes shares with us a myriad of examples of professionals more closely afield in Islamic studies than him meet [...]

    • Jody Mena says:

      Somewhat dry, but then, we were forewarned - a thing I do not recommend to any author, for who will read your book if you tell the reader right off the bat that they probably won't like it? Still, the essay had some good points, and especially, I think in the conclusion. The presence of preexisting folkloric patterns does not have to undermine the authenticity of the document itself. If Allah Himself admits to using proverbs and folklore in the Qur'an, who are we to question it? This is a fast r [...]

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