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Verse 15:41: Was the Quran Altered in a Profound Way?

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ISBN: 9781505368987
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2015-02-18
Number of pages: 196
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The Quran is Islam’s holy text, its divine miracle, and one of humanity’s most influential literary works. Muslims accept the present form of the Quran (specifically, its vocalization) to have been preserved from the time of the Prophet Muhammad’s utterance of its words almost a millennium and a half ago. Where vocalization flexibility has been allowed, the essential meanings remain unchanged. Verse 15:41: Was the Quran Altered in a Profound Way? challenges this understanding with a thorough examination of the Quran’s verse 15:41, a verse that appears at first glance as utterly unremarkable but which may turn out to be the Quran’s most significant passage. The claim Verse 15:41 makes relates to the word ayn-lam-ya, which was revocalized from a meaning of Ali (ibn Abi Talib) to alayya or aliyyun. Verse 15:41 forces a major rethinking of the Quran’s prime meanings, the traditional religious narrative, and the historical truths under which a major religion and vast sociopolitical order has unfolded, and continues to unfold in a modern and complex world. “Would Islam be the same had verse 15:41 remained in an uncorrupted state?” is only one of many thought-provoking, yet troubling, questions readers will undoubtedly ask.

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