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Philosophical and Computational Approaches for Estimating and Visualizing Months of Revelations of Quranic Chapters

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  • The question of why the Quran structure does not follow its chronology of revelation is a recurring one. Some Islamic scholars such as [1] have answered the question using hadiths, as well as other philosophical reasons based on internal evidences of the Quran itself. Unfortunately till today many are still wondering about this issue. Muslims believe that the Quran is a summary and a copy of the content of a preserved tablet called Lawhul-Mahfuz located in the heaven. Logically speaking, this suggests that the arrangement of the verses andThe question of why the Quran structure does not follow its chronology of revelation is a recurring one. Some Islamic scholars such as [1] have answered the question using hadiths, as well as other philosophical reasons based on internal evidences of the Quran itself. Unfortunately till today many are still wondering about this issue. Muslims believe that the Quran is a summary and a copy of the content of a preserved tablet called Lawhul-Mahfuz located in the heaven. Logically speaking, this suggests that the arrangement of the verses and chapters is expected to be similar to that of the Lawhul-Mahfuz. As for the arrangement of the verses in each chapter, there is unanimity that it was carried out by the Prophet himself under the guidance of Angel Gabriel with the recommendation of God. But concerning the ordering of the chapters, there are reports about some divergences [3] among the Prophet’s companions as to which chapter should precede which one. This paper argues that Quranic chapters might have been arranged according to months and seasons of revelation. In fact, based on some verses of the Quran, it is defendable that the Lawhul-Mahfuz itself is understood to have been structured in terms of the months of the year. In this study, philosophical and mathematical arguments for computing chapters’ months of revelation are discussed, and the result is displayed on an interactive scatter plot.show moreshow less

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Author: Mohamadou Nassourou
URN:urn:nbn:de:bvb:20-opus-65784
Document Type:Preprint
Faculties:Philosophische Fakultät II (bis Sept. 2007) / Institut für deutsche Philologie
Language:English
Year of Completion:2011
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
GND Keyword:Text Mining; Visualisierung; Koran
Tag:Chapters arrangement; Chronology of revelation; Lawhul-Mahfuz; Quran; Text mining; Visualization
Release Date:2011/11/11
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht