Die Syro-Aramäische Lesart des Koran [Christoph Luxenberg] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In German. Understandably the author’s name ‘Christoph Luxenberg’ is a nom de plume of a professor in Semitic languages at a German university, according to articles in. Simon Hopkins, Review Of “Christoph Luxenberg”, Die Syro-aramaiche Lesart Des Koran [i.e., “The Syro-Aramaic Reading Of The Qur’an..].

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The latter is correctly derived from the root qtsr.

It looks like a solid scholarly volume: That idea is in serious disagreement with the views of both traditional Muslims and western scholars of Islam. Blois is particularly scathing, describing the book as “not a work of scholarship but of dilettantism ” and concluding that Luxenburg’s “grasp of Syriac is limited to knowledge of dictionaries and in his Arabic he makes mistakes that are typical for the Arabs of the Middle East.

Webarchive template other archives Articles needing the year an event occurred from February Pages to import images to Wikidata All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from May All articles with dead external links Articles with dead external links from December You who believe, when you are about to pray, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbow, wipe your heads, wash your feet up to the ankles.

But this explanation presupposes exactly what it tries to prove: In the Europe of the 16th and 17th centuries, mangled by the wars of religion, scholars of the Bible also used to keep a safe distance with pseudonyms.


The first House of worship to be established for mankind was the one which He has demarcated. The Qur’an is therefore also called ‘the book of the cow’.

The Virgins and the Grapes: the Christian Origins of the Koran

Luxenberg, a scholar of ancient Semitic languagesargues that the Syro-arajische has been misread and mistranslated for centuries. It is important to note that options 1, 2, ide, 7 and 8 leave the Arabic character of the Qur’an unchallenged. It is a blessed place; a source of guidance for all people. Luxenberg’s writes the Arabic without an alif: A lot of Luxenberg’s arguments are built up like dominoes.

So it is not surprising that Syriac loanwords are present in the Qur’an.

Christoph Luxenberg The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran (Verlag Hans Schiler)

Arabic diacritics were added around the turn of the eighth century on orders of al-Hajjaj ibn Yusufgovernor of Iraq — This gave rise to a lot of misinterpretations. This page was last edited on 24 Decemberat According to our sources these are all from Qur’anic texts that were destroyed in the wake of Uthman’s standardisation.

Discussions between traditional Muslims and western scholars of Islam on this topic can run high. Now, if we assume that the composition of the Koran was brought to an end in the year of the Prophet Mohammed’s death, inwe find before us an interval of years, during which there is no trace of Arabic literature worthy of note.

The oldest Suras are korzn those “of Mecca”; that later ones, “of Medina. The story of king Solomon and the queen of Sheba in the Qur’an for example sura 27agrees very well with the account that the Targum Sheni gives of the book of Esther I. Retrieved 26 Mar A good working knowledge of German, Arabic and Syriac is indispensable to be able to assess the book.


Christians have reworked that story and the very old wonder at the Christian character of the Qur’an to a Christian counterpart of the Bahira-story, in which Bahira wrote the Qur’an as a Christian text, with a few adaptations especially intended for Arabs. It’s a difference of only two diacritical dots and in rasm it’s identical. According to Luxenberg, the Qur’an was not written in classical Arabic but in a mixed Arabic-Syriac language, the traders’ language of Mecca and it was based on Christian liturgical texts.

That seems a bizarre detail. In both ancient Aramaic and in at least one respected dictionary of early Arabic hur means “white raisin. Cristoph archaeologist Richard Kroes [10] describes Luxenberg’s book in a review article as “almost unreadable, certainly for the layman.

Missionary, dilettante or visionary?

When they were finished, and he had tied him down on li- the firewood. A number of possibilities that could lead to syro-aramischw solution are then checked: God let them sleep for years until the persecutions were over. Other early followers of Muhammad had also collected their own Qur’anic texts. The same Arabic word, or derivations of it, occur elsewhere in the Qur’an