Abstract and Keywords
This chapter discusses the views of a number of scholars who have dealt with the emergent subject of structure in the Qur’an, exploring the inner dynamic of the Qur’anic sura. In highlighting Qur’anic structure, the scholars, taken together, draw attention to the importance of literary forms and devices, intertextuality, contextual effects, verbal echoes and correspondences, scriptural authority, the proportionate length of a sura’s sections, and a sura’s central theme. The views examined in the chapter put a premium on taking a synchronic rather than a diachronic approach to the Qur’an, and regard such an approach as having hermeneutical significance.
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