Qur'ānic Studies Today brings together specialists in the field of Islamic studies to provide a range of essays that reflect the depth and breadth of scholarship on the Qur'ān.

Combining theoretical and methodological clarity with close readings of qur’ānic texts, these contributions provide close analysis of specific passages, themes, and issues within the Qurʾān, even as they attend to the disciplinary challenges within the field of qur’ānic studies today. Chapters are arranged into three parts, treating specific figures appearing in the Qurʾān, analysing particular suras, and finally reflecting on the Qur’ān and its "others." They explore the internal dimensions and interior chronology of the Qur’ān as text, its possible conversations with biblical and non-biblical traditions in Late Antiquity, and its role as scripture in modern exegesis and recitation. Together, they are indispensable for students and scholars who seek an understanding of the Qur’ān founded on the most recent scholarly achievements.

Offering both a reflection of and a reflection on the discipline of qur’ānic studies, the strong, scholarly examinations of the Qur’ān in this volume provide a valuable contribution to Islamic and qur’ānic studies.

chapter |14 pages


ByAngelika Neuwirth, Michael A. Sells

part 1|88 pages

Part 1

chapter 2|30 pages

Lot's Wife: Late Antique Paradigms of Sense and the Qurʾān

ByNora K. Schmid

chapter 3|21 pages

The Sign of Jonah

Transformations and Interpretations of the Jonah Story in the Qurʾān
ByHannelies Koloska

part 2|144 pages

Part 2

chapter 4|20 pages

End of Hope

105Sūras 10–15, Despair and a Way Out of Mecca
ByWalid A. Saleh

chapter 5|54 pages

The Casting

A Close Hearing of Sūra 20:1–79
ByMichael A. Sells

chapter 6|29 pages

Qurʾānic Studies and Philology

Qurʾānic Textual Politics of Staging, Penetrating, and Finally Eclipsing Biblical Tradition
ByAngelika Neuwirth

chapter 7|21 pages

The “Sunna of Our Messengers”

The Qurʾān's Paradigm for Messengers and Prophets; a Reading of Sūrat ash-Shuʿarāʾ (26)
BySidney H. Griffith

chapter 8|19 pages

Textual and Paratextual Meaning in the Recited Qurʾān

Analysis of Performance of Sūrat al-Furqān by Sheikh Mishari Rashid Alafasy
ByLauren E. Osborne

part 3|64 pages

Part 3

chapter 9|13 pages

Maʾsal: What the Ṭalal Would Tell Us


chapter 10|32 pages

Aḥbār and Ruhbān

Religious Leaders in the Qurʾān in Dialogue with Christian and Rabbinic Literature
ByHolger M. Zellentin

chapter 11|17 pages

Reinterpreting the Qurʾānic Criticism of Other Religions

ByMun’im Sirry