The book by “Christoph Luxenberg” came out in in Germany with the title ” Die Syro-Aramäische Lesart des Koran” (“A Syro-Aramaic Reading of the. Understandably the author’s name ‘Christoph Luxenberg’ is a nom de plume of a professor in Semitic languages at a German university, according to articles in. Christoph Luxenberg: “Die syro-aramäische Lesart des Koran: Ein Beitrag zur Entschlüsselung der Koransprache” [“The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran: a .

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If this dialectal form was used, it should have been used as a nomina agentis ‘causative’ according to Luxenberg, with an inserted ‘u’. The Qur’an itself refers to it: This gave rise to a lot of misinterpretations.

Text, Translation and Commentary. The English translation of quotes from the Qur’an are from: Luxenberg ‘s new analysis, leaning on the Hymns of Ephrem the Syrian, yields “white raisins” of “crystal clarity” rather than doe-eyed, and ever willing virgins—the houris.

Only 17 signs were used to write 28 consonants. So it could refer to white women, but the object might just as well be a female word in the grammatical sense only.

Their liturgical language was Syro-Aramaic. According to the tradition, Mohammed gradually communicated to his faithful the parts of the Koran revealed to him.

This latter exchange we have seen twice before. Namely, in the framework of this study an examination of a series of hadith sayings of the Prophet has identified Aramaisms that had either been misinterpreted or were inexplicable from the point of view of Arabic. The conclusion of King’s article summarizes the most prominent reviews of Luxenberg’s work that have been published by other scholars.

All in the translation of Abdel Haleem This preposition generally does not mean ‘on top of’, ‘upon’.


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The nascent islamic empire rapidly expanded during the reign of the third caliph, Uthman AD. A word in Arabic looking similar to a Syriac word is to be expected, since the two are closely related languages.

But that Syro-Aramaic was also the root of the Koran, and of the Koran of a primitive Christian system, is a more specialized notion, an almost clandestine one. In order to spread the Gospel, they necessarily made use of a mishmash of languages.

Christoph Luxenberg (Author of The Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran)

Luxenberg reinterprets about 57 passages in his book. The following Suras are ordered according to length, from longest to shortest.

So cyristoph is a leap of faithand Luxenberg needs a dialectal form to make it. Hence the Arabic reading of bi. No one can put it to Luxenberg that he doesn’t document his claims.

Christoph Luxenberg

These were often different from Uthman’s standard. Mujahid, Ibn Abbas and Ibn Masud. He maintains that it was created by Syro-Aramaic speaking Christians, in order to evangelize the Arabs. Her remark that his conclusions are not fully justified by the results of his research is much more important.

The conclusion he draws from this has several ‘layers’:. It is true that, in the Christian tradition, the belt is associated with chastity: Angelika Neuwirth, Brill A German scholar of ancient languages takes a new look at the sacred book of Islam. This story is also known among Jews and Christians, althought the victim in their version is Isaac, the father of all Israelites.

We know very well that they say, ‘It is a man who teaches him,’ but the language of the person they allude to is foreign, while this revelation is in clear Arabic Q The last of which clearly indicate the influence of Christian Syriac texts. According to our sources these are all from Qur’anic texts that were destroyed in the wake of Uthman’s standardisation. Luxenberg accuses Western academic scholars of the Qur’an of taking a timid and imitative approach, relying too heavily on the work of Muslim scholars.


The author of the most important book on the subject – a German professor of ancient Semitic and Arabic languages – preferred, out of prudence, to luxrnberg under the pseudonym of Christoph Luxenberg. In the various regions of this empire various ways of reciting the texts developed as well as variant texts.

Tabari reads jabinan ‘two temples’ and concludes the forehead must be meant, since that is in between the two.

A nice advantage is his custom to provide almost every Arabic, Hebrew and Syriac word with a transcription. God let them sleep for years until the persecutions were over. Option 3 simply rephrases the presence of Syriac loanwords.

The whole problem with ‘Bakka’ has evaporated, and the translation of the passage remains unchanged.


Persecuted Christians sought refuge in a cave and fell asleep. Which solutions chrisgoph offered by rearranging the diacritical dots? What reactions have you noticed up until now? On the side of scholarship however, differences at the level of meaning are recognised. Blois chrristoph particularly scathing, describing the book as “not a work of scholarship but of dilettantism ” and concluding that Luxenburg’s “grasp of Syriac is limited to knowledge of dictionaries and in his Arabic he makes mistakes that are typical for the Arabs of the Middle East.

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