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The development of mosaic narratives in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish Sources and the Qur’an: research question and argument

Tinson, Kate 2021. The development of mosaic narratives in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish Sources and the Qur’an: research question and argument. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.
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This thesis will examine the character of Moses and the narratives he appears in in the Qur’an. It will use an intertextual methodology, situating the Qur’an within its Late Antique context, focussing on the relationship of the Qur’an to Jewish traditions. As such, the texts used will be the Hebrew Bible, Midrashic Collections up until and around the Seventh Century and the Qur’an; using all three traditions to determine what importance of Moses is in the Qur’anic tradition. This thesis will focus on narratives where he faces opposition as these are the narratives that are particularly prevalent in the Qur’an. As such, this thesis will include two case studies, the first is the Encounter of Moses with Pharaoh that involves the competition with the Magicians of Egypt, featured in Exodus 7:8-18 and Suras 7, 10, 11, 17, 20, 23, 26, 27, 28, 40, 43, 51 and 79. The second case study is the Golden Calf of Exodus 32 and Suras 2, 4, 7 and 20. This thesis argues that the Qur’an specifically separates its treatment of the prophet, Moses, and the people, the Israelites in order to suit its exegetical aims. These are to argue for a new leader based on a line of pre-existing prophecy and the need for a new community of God, based on the sins of the former community of God. These narratives show this dichotomy between prophet and people through consistently improving of the standing of the prophet, making his opponents appear more substantial and his people appear less faithful. Alongside these narrative conclusions, this thesis also makes conclusions about the relationship between the Qur’an, the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Exegetical material, noting the creative process by which the Qur’an is able to repurpose material to better suit its own aims.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 August 2021
Date of Acceptance: 13 July 2021
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2022 01:30

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