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date: 07 July 2020

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The topic ‘revelation’ concerns concepts of communication between the divine and human spheres of existence. The chapter surveys research debates about the meaning and nature of the Qur’an as divine revelation. A comparative approach is adopted, applied to four selected problem areas: biblical and Greek concepts; Qur’anic concepts; Oral or Written; and Politics of Revelation. A promising area for future research is the linguistic nature of concepts of revelation, including both rhetoric and semiotics. ‘Politics’ is equally important to address, as the survey indicates strong prescriptive bias in research on concepts of Qur’anic revelation.

Keywords: revelation, tanzīl, āyāt, communication, rhetoric, semiotics

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