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EDITORIAL: QUR’ĀN, ORIENTALISTS AND WESTERN SCHOLARS

EDITORIAL: QUR’ĀN, ORIENTALISTS AND WESTERN SCHOLARS DOI: 10.11136/jqh.1210.02.01 Edito Ri AL: Qu R’ĀN, oR i ENt ALists ANd W Est ERN sC ho LARs M. Daneshgar Ever since I started studying and working on Islam and its texts (i.e. Qur’ān and hadīth), I wished I could discover new layers of well- done research by non-Muslim scholars who spent considerable time on Islamic issues (e.g. religious; social; political; cultural) or Middle Eastern studies, but, to be honest, at that time I was not really familiar with their research methodology, authenticity of their claims and even Muslims’ responses to non-Muslims’ claims about Islamic texts. These scholars are well-known as orientalists. The most famous one among them is I. Goldziher (1850-1921), a Hungarian scholar, who devoted most of his time as a pioneer on the issue of Islam and its history. After him, the number of orientalists significantly increased and they focused on different aspects of Islam. In the contemporary era, Muslims and non- Muslims generally focus on the nature of Islam and particularly the Qur’ān. Nonetheless, there are still some types of discussions among some Muslims as well as orientalists who follow a polemical tendency. Occasionally, polemical debates bring about misunderstanding among the public, an aversion to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur’an and Hadith Studies Brill

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2232-1950
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2232-1969
DOI
10.11136/jqh.1210.02.01
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DOI: 10.11136/jqh.1210.02.01 Edito Ri AL: Qu R’ĀN, oR i ENt ALists ANd W Est ERN sC ho LARs M. Daneshgar Ever since I started studying and working on Islam and its texts (i.e. Qur’ān and hadīth), I wished I could discover new layers of well- done research by non-Muslim scholars who spent considerable time on Islamic issues (e.g. religious; social; political; cultural) or Middle Eastern studies, but, to be honest, at that time I was not really familiar with their research methodology, authenticity of their claims and even Muslims’ responses to non-Muslims’ claims about Islamic texts. These scholars are well-known as orientalists. The most famous one among them is I. Goldziher (1850-1921), a Hungarian scholar, who devoted most of his time as a pioneer on the issue of Islam and its history. After him, the number of orientalists significantly increased and they focused on different aspects of Islam. In the contemporary era, Muslims and non- Muslims generally focus on the nature of Islam and particularly the Qur’ān. Nonetheless, there are still some types of discussions among some Muslims as well as orientalists who follow a polemical tendency. Occasionally, polemical debates bring about misunderstanding among the public, an aversion to

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Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur’an and Hadith StudiesBrill

Published: Apr 26, 2012

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