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Christians and Christianity in the Qurʾān

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Author(s): Hämeen-Anttila, Jaako
For Muslims, who regard the Qurʾān as the Word of God, the possibility of any human influence on it is excluded, and the question of Christian presence in the Arabian peninsula in the early seventh century is irrelevant for understanding its origins or contents. On the other hand, early Western authors often dismissed it without further analysis as no more than a concoction of materials taken from Christian and Jewish sources. 1 More serious study of the Qurʾān in the West was given impetus in the nineteenth century by T. Nöldeke’s Geschichte des Qorāns, published in 1860. 2  Since then, the…