chapter  2
The Qur’an: the original Muslim–Christian apology
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Our primary source, the Qur’anic text,1 serves as the original record of formal interfaith dialogue, and so some contextualism of the Qur’an is appropriate here. The Qur’an existed without commentaries in early Islam, and though some tafsr will be engaged in this section for the sake of determining historical context, the Qur’an is capable of self-clarification as shown above, and will be its own primary source of explanation of meaning wherever possible.2 As the Qur’an has been since its composition in immediate dialogue with Christians and Jews, making reference to their texts, a brief introduction to the concept of tah.rf will be made before we move into Qur’anic content on Christians.