The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions
Our reviewer notes that ‘This book builds on the now substantial literature investigating the links between the Qur’an and Aramaic Biblical texts that has burgeoned in the wake of Christoph Luxenberg’s Syro-Aramaic Reading of the Koran (2007 = English tr. of German 2000 edition). However, whereas Luxenberg’s focus is primarily on individual words and his approach heavily philological, El-Badawi casts his net wider, examining whole passages and phrases and looking at “general linguistic relationships” (p. 49) beyond the purely philological.
His conclusion that the Qur’an is in dialogue with Aramaic Biblical texts is in line with recent publications by Gabriel Reynolds, Sidney Griffith, Holger Zellentin and others, but he demonstrates this by recourse to a much greater range of material than is the norm and relates examples to a thematic context. (Original text available HERE)