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Qur'anic StoriesGod, Revelation and the Audience$
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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

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

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

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

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474483179.003.0007

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

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