Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Qur'anic StoriesGod, Revelation and the Audience$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Leyla Ozgur Alhassen

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781474483179

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474483179.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 17 May 2022

Conclusion: Reading the Qur’ān as God’s Narrative

Conclusion: Reading the Qur’ān as God’s Narrative

(p.156) 7 Conclusion: Reading the Qur’ān as God’s Narrative
Qur'anic Stories

Leyla Ozgur Alhassen

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter summarizes the book’s approach to Qur’ānic stories in Sūrat Āl ‘Imrān, Sūrat Maryam, Sūrat Yūsuf, SūratṬaha and Sūrat al-Qaṣaṣ. It discusses the development of a sustained analysis of the Qur’ān as an intertextual scripture that rewards the audience member who reads and listens carefully, notices echoing words or phrases and then follows them to other parts of the text, compares them with each other and reflects on them. It discusses the book’s analysis focusing on the overarching questions of how the Qur’ānic stories withhold knowledge, create consonance and make connections. The audience learns about the nature of knowledge, one’s proper place in relation to God and God’s message, and how to read the Qur’ān. The text imprints on the audience beliefs about God: God is omniscient and people are not and cannot ever be. People learn what God wills when they turn to God and to the Qur’ān. The narrator of the Qur’ān makes its reading an active process, and we see this through the alternate giving and withholding of information, causing readers to question, ponder and fill in details.

Keywords:   intertextual scripture, rewards the audience, method of analysis, withhold knowledge, create consonance, make connections, the nature of knowledge, omniscient, reading

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.