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date: 13 August 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Angelika NeuwirthAngelika Neuwirth

The Qur’ān is divided into 114 suras, i.e. literary units of diverse literary genre and undetermined length. Whereas the unit ‘sura’ was the medium of the earliest proclamation of the Qur’ān, their somewhat mechanical arrangement in the corpus according to their length betrays the absence of any particular historical or theological interest on the part of the redactors who—according to tradition—were active during the reign of the third caliph ... ...

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