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The Koran (Al-Qur’an) by J. M. Rodwell

For instance, except in the phrase “the Lord of the worlds,” he seems carefully to have avoided the expression the Lord, probably because it was applied by the Christians to Christ, or to God the Father. The book by Weil cites the Jewish and Christian religious background of several close relatives and associates of Muhammad Weil xi. And it may be safely concluded that after rodwelp diligent investigations carried on by the professed collectors of traditions in the kkoran century after the Hejira, that little or nothing remains to be added to our stores of information relative to the details of Muhammad’s life, or to facts which may further illustrate the text of the Koran.

Linguistic investigations, poetry, and other branches of literature, also made their appearance soon after or simultaneously with the publication of the Koran; and the literary movement thus initiated has resulted in some of the finest products of genius and learning.

Virtuous women are obedient, careful, during the husband’s absence, because God hath of them been careful. It is nevertheless possible that the gnostic doctrine concerning the Crucifixion was adopted by Muhammad as likely to reconcile the Jews to Islam, as a religion embracing both Judaism and Christianity, if they might believe that Jesus had not been put to death, and thus find the stumbling-block of the atonement removed out of their path.

From the rodwel flash of prophetic inspiration which is clearly discernible in the earlier portions of the book he, later on, frequently descended to deliberate invention and artful rhetoric. Ibn Ishaq, who died in A.

The Koran by Rev. J.M. Rodwell

It was, in fact, at first not a book, but a strong living voice, a kind of wild authoritative proclamation, a series of admonitions, promises, threats, and instructions addressed to turbulent and largely hostile assemblies of untutored Arabs. But of those who plot is God the best. The Arabic text from which this translation has been made is that of Fluegel. Yet certain it is, that, although their testimony against Muhammad was speedily silenced, the Koreisch knew enough of his private history to disbelieve and to disprove his pretensions of being the recipient of a divine revelation, and that they accused him of writing from the dictation of teachers morning and evening.

Biblical reminiscences, Rabbinic legends, Christian traditions mostly drawn from distorted apocryphal sources, and native heathen stories, all first pass through the prophet’s fervid mind, and thence issue in strange new forms, tinged with poetry and enthusiasm, and well adapted to enforce his own view of life and duty, to serve as an encouragement to his faithful adherents, and to strike terror into the hearts of his opponents.


The style in which the Koran is written requires some special attention in this introduction. His chief objects of knowledge are floating stories and rodwfll largely ooran up from koraan, and his rodwsll mind is his only teacher. And it may be remarked in passing, that a belief that the end of all things was at hand, may have tended to promote the earlier successes of Islam at Mecca, as it unquestionably was an argument with the Apostles, to flee from “the wrath to come.

With a change, however, in the position of Muhammad when he openly assumes the office of “public warner,” the Suras begin to assume a more prosaic and didactic tone, though the poetical ornament of rhyme is preserved throughout.

It soon becomes obvious rofwell the reader of Muslim traditions and commentators that both miracles and historical events have been invented for the sake of expounding a dark and perplexing text; and that even the earlier traditions are largely tinged with the mythical element.

In fact, we have no historical authority for supposing that the doctrines of these heretics were taught or professed in Arabia at all. We are here in touch with an untutored but fervent mind, trying to realise itself and to assimilate certain great truths which have been powerfully borne in upon him, in order to impart them in a convincing form to his fellow-tribesmen. The passage of St. It has been supposed that Muhammad derived many of his notions concerning Christianity from Gnosticism, and that it is to the numerous gnostic sects the Koran alludes when korxn reproaches the Christians with having “split up their religion into parties.

At the same time, he was probably, more or less, throughout his whole career, the victim of rodwel certain amount of self-deception.

Men are superior to women on account of the qualities with which God hath gifted the one above the other, and on account rdowell the outlay they ioran from their substance for them. Kasimirski, have been collated throughout; and above all, the great work of Father Maracci, to whose accuracy and research search Sale’s work mainly owes its merits.

The relative value of any given system of religious thought must depend on the amount of truth which it embodies as well as on the ethical standard which its adherents are bidden to follow. The extreme contrary opinion, which in a fresh form has recently been revived1 by an able writer, is hardly likely to find much lasting support. The fault appears, however, to lie partly in our difficulty to appreciate the psychology of the Arab prophet.

The Koran (Rodwell)

Weil in the work just mentioned; by Mr. Sura Number Arabic Text.

To them the matter is all true and the manner all perfect. He who at Mecca is the admonisher and persuader, at Medina is the legislator and the warrior, who dictates obedience, and uses other weapons than the pen of the Poet and the Scribe.

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It is quite possible that Muhammad himself, in a later period of his career, designedly mixed up later with earlier revelations in the same Suras not for the sake of producing that mysterious style which seems so pleasing to the mind of those who value truth least when it is most clear and obvious but for the purpose of softening down some of the earlier statements which represent the last hour and awful judgment as imminent; and thus leading his followers to continue still in the attitude of expectation, and to see in his later successes the truth of his earlier predictions.


Palmer Sacred Books of the East, vols. And the Jews plotted, and God plotted: Rodwell, with notes and index the Suras arranged in chronological order, 2nd ed.

S Abdel Haleem recognizes the linguistic talent Rodwell possessed, but koean his surah arrangement as an oddity that disregards the traditional Muslim surah order. He is critical of Islam and Islamic literature such as the hadithbut his comments are strictly related to eodwell sources and not the character of Muhammad. From the latter, and perhaps from other Christians, especially slaves naturalised at Mecca, Muhammad obtained access to the teaching of the Apocryphal Gospels, dodwell to many popular traditions of which those Gospels are the concrete expression.

Their eastern temperament responds readily to the crude, strong, and wild appeal which its cadences make to them, and the jingling rhyme in which the sentences of a discourse generally end adds to the charm of the whole.

Roddwell of his information was derived from Orwa, who died A. It should be premised that their order as it stands in all Arabic manuscripts, and in all hitherto printed editions, whether Arabic or European, is not chronological, neither is there any authentic tradition to shew that it rests upon the authority of Muhammad himself.

By arranging the surahs in chronological order, Rodwell reasoned that the reader would be more likely to understand this book and be able to observe the changes and differences kkran between earlier Meccan revelations and later Medinan revelations.

It is certain, on the other hand, that the Basilidans, Valentinians, and other gnostic sects had either died out, or been reabsorbed into the orthodox Church, towards the middle of the fifth century, and had disappeared from Egypt before the sixth.

This book has stood the test of time and research and remains a standard reference work today. Maulvi Muhammad Ali demonstrates his familiarity with kofan Rodwell translation when he cites Rodwell on an unrelated topic just two pages later Ali Maulvi xxxi. Learning he has none, or next to none. For instance, the Arabic words which mean Companions of the fire, are also rendered inmates of, etc. It has created an all but new phase of human thought and a fresh type of character.

But chide those for whose refractoriness ye have cause to fear; remove them into beds apart, and scourage them: