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date: 07 July 2020

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This chapter introduces readers to attempts to reconstruct the Qur’an’s internal chronology. It endorses the possibility of discerning relationships of temporal priority and posteriority between different Qur’anic proclamations and addresses various objections raised against a diachronic approach to the Qur’an. Particular attention is paid to the striking convergences that can be detected between suras’ mean verse length and other terminological, literary, and thematic features displayed by them. It is argued that the traditional hypothesis that the Qur’anic proclamations can be arranged in a linear series of successive texts or textual clusters provides a compelling explanation for such convergences.

Keywords: chronology, verse length, style, terminology, Theodor Nöldeke, Gustav Weil

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