The Qur’an Becomes a “Book”
Lecture no. 3 from the course: Introduction to the Qur’an
Taught by Professor Martyn Oliver | 35 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Philosophy & Religion Courses
Muhammad, like most of the people in 7th-century Mecca, was illiterate. What challenges of interpretation for modern scholars are presented by translation from oral tradition to written text, and again from that text into other languages? Was anything lost (or added) in translation between the death of Muhammad and the first canonized text of the Qur’an two hundred years later? Perhaps.