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- The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran: A Contribution to the Decoding of the Language of the Koran
- Verlag Hans Schiler
- AIC2 JCR10
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- The author of this book capitalizes on his erudite knowledge of Syriac and Arabic and does a fantastic job in unfolding the text of the Quran. He always addresses the Quran respectfully and strives to show the hidden beauty in some semitic cognates in the Quran. He compares Hijazi codex as well as other ancient codices in their script with Aramaic early script, thus dispelling all ambiguity.
- The reader of this book must have, at the very least, some knowledge of Arabic for this book to be at all comprehensible. Such knowledge of Arabic should be at an intermediate level, allowing the reader to parse verses of the Koran with the aid of a dictionary and an interlinear translation. The Aramaic phrases are written using the beautiful Estrangelo Syriac alphabet that can easily be found on the web, and which in some ways resembles the Hebrew alphabet.
- The topic that brought this book to the attention of the news media, that it is white raisins rather than willing virgins that the devout Muslim will encounter in Paradise, is given ample space. Indeed, pages 247-283 are devoted to this topic. The author regards his efforts as helping "the Koran to achieve its original inner coherence" (p.264) so that the notion of Paradise depicted by Ephraem the Syrian is restored to its proper place. The chapter "Virgins in Paradise" is followed by the chapter "The Boys of Paradise" (pp.284-291). Although the author does not suggest that any interpretation of the role of "boys" in such a place might be salacious, devout Muslims might take comfort in the author indicating that the Arabic word "walid" (i.e. boy or child), equivalent to the Aramaic word "yalda", is meant as a reference to "child of the vine"--that is, wine.
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