Making Biblical Prophets Islamic
A lecture by Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria
Published: Monday, December 05, 2011
The presentation will discuss the ways in which the accounts of the past prophets as told in the Qur’an were supplemented and developed in later Islamic literature. The Book of Sermons and Admonitions by Abū ʿUbayd (d. 844) provides a glimpse of the beginnings of this process and we can see its final resolution in the independent literary genre known as qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ, “the stories of the prophets”
Andrew Rippin is Professor of History and former (2000-10) Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Victoria. He received his PhD from McGill University in 1981 with a dissertation on the Quranic “occasions of revelation” material. His research into the formative period of Islamic civilization in the Arab world, as well as the history of the Qur’an and its interpretation, has resulted in numerous publications, a selection of which are collected in his book The Qur’an and its interpretative tradition, published in 2001. He is also the author of the Muslims, their religious beliefs and practices, first published in two volumes in 1990 and 1993 and now combined into a single volume in its 4th edition published in 2011. He has edited a number of books including the Blackwell Companion to the Qur’an (2006), Defining Islam (2007), The Islamic World (2008) and Islam in the Eyes of the West (2010). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2006.
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