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Studying Modern Arabic LiteratureMustafa Badawi, Scholar and Critic$
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Roger Allen and Robin Ostle

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696628

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696628.001.0001

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Beginning and End: Exploring the Qur͗anic ‘Grand Story’

Beginning and End: Exploring the Qur͗anic ‘Grand Story’

(p.69) 5 Beginning and End: Exploring the Qur͗anic ‘Grand Story’
Studying Modern Arabic Literature

Mohamed Mahmoud

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter discusses the Qur'anic ‘grand story’, which refers to the underlying, basic conceptual scheme that informs Qur'anic stories and bestows meaning and coherence on them. Ths basic conceptual scheme is predicated on a relationship between humankind and God that leads to either salvation or damnation. In expressing this relationship, the Qur'anic narrative form turns God into a person with a dramatic presence and human attributes. The chapter reflects on the beginnings as expressed by the creation story and on the eschatological future. It cites the cosmic beginning as the seed of the Qur'anic grand story; this beginning is a preparation of the physical stage for the climactic moment of the human beginning when God creates Adam. It also explains how the creation story and the specificity of the ‘Adamic beginning’ relate to the grand story.

Keywords:   cosmic beginning, Qur'anic grand story, Qur'an, humankind, God, salvation, damnation, creation story, Adam, human beginning

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