Inherited Prejudices: Modern Orientalists and their Delusions Regarding the Qur'an - Softcover
Author: Mohamad Nasrin Mohamad Nasir
Publisher: Pustaka Islamiyah Holdings
Western investigations into the origins of Islam tend to be skewed with presuppositions originating from external sources to Islam. Jewish and christian borrowings into Islam were inherent in the presuppositions of the earliest western study of Islam. Most importantly many of these scholars bring these presuppositions into their study of the Qur'an, These presuppositions were thought to have died down in the 20th century especially with the exposure to hadith criticism and tools used by muslim
scholars becoming more widely studied in the west. However in 1979 a new wave of skeptical western scholars on Islam and islamic studies or conveniently called orientalists had brought into the fore most of the ealier presuppositions or prejudices into their study of the origins of the Qur'an. Led originally by John
Wansbrough (d.2002) and followed by Herbert Berg and most importantly Andrew Rippin, these new group of orientslists which can be called the wansbroughian school, tend to hide their inherent prejudices underneath the gard of academic neutrality.
There seems to be a connection between these later day orientalists and their predecessors of the early 19th century in the usage of the same presuppositions. This book aims to expose these connection in analyses and criticizes some of the more controversial prejudices, specifically in regards to the origins of the Qur'an as proposed by the wansbroughian school of orientalists.