The Qur’an in Comparison and the Birth of ‘scriptures’

Alexander Bevilacqua
Jan Loop

Early modern European scholars demoted the Bible from Scripture—a divinely inspired revelation—to one of many scriptures… The comparative notion of scripture provided the basis for the many nineteenth-century comparative studies of the ‘sacred books’ of all religions… impossible to imagine without the generic concept of scripture that emerged from the early modern European study of the Qur’an.

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Originally published in the Journal of Qur’anic Studies. Republished here with thanks.