The Qur??n and other scriptures

Authored by: David Cook

Routledge Handbook on Early Islam

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138821187
eBook ISBN: 9781315743462
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Relating the Qur??n to other scriptures and subject matter known from prior to the time of Mu?ammad (d. 632) is a sensitive subject. The Qur??n speaks of itself as a complete book (Q 6:38, allusion in 9:111), as one “revealed in clear Arabic” (Q 12:2, 16:103), and when citing the previous holy figures (in Islam mostly called messengers or prophets) speaks of books associated with them (e.g., Q 41:45, 53:36, 87:19). These “books,” however, are said to be superseded by the revelation of the Qur??n. But there is said to be a relationship between these holy figures, such as Jesus, and Mu?ammad, as in Q 61:6:

And (remember) when Jesus, son of Mary, said: “Sons of Israel! Surely I am the messenger of God to you, confirming what was before me of the Torah, and bringing good news of a messenger who will come after me, whose name will be Ahmad.” 1

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