Monday, May 25, 2009

what Muslims find so miraculous about the Quran

William Shakespeare, who was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, is often used as an example of unique literature. The argument posed is that if Shakespeare expressed his poetry and prose in a unique manner – and he is a human being – then surely no matter how unique the Qur’an is, it must also be from a human being.

However there are some problems with the above argument. It does not take into account the nature of the Qur’an’s uniqueness and it doesn’t understand the uniqueness of literary geniuses such as Shakespeare. Although Shakespeare composed poetry and prose that received an unparalleled aesthetic reception, the literary form he expressed his works in was not unique. In many instances Shakespeare used the common Iambic Pentameter (The Iambic pentameter is a meter in poetry. It refers to a line consisting of five iambic feet. The word “pentameter” simply means that there are five feet in the line.)

However in the case of the Qur’an, its language is in an entirely unknown and unmatched literary form. The structural features of the Qur’anic discourse render it unique and not the subjective appreciation of its literary and linguistic makeup. MORE HERE


Abu Daoud said...

Not if you read what ex-Muslims have to say about it. They use words like boring, reptitive, confusing, underwhelming, unimpressive, and so on.

Anonymous said...

I once read a really, REALLY long protest letter by a gentleman suffering from some severe mental disorder, likely a mild to moderate schitzophenea, which actually reminded me a lot of the English translations of the Koran and Hadith. The subject matter was a bit different but the style and themes were bang on.