From Pearls on a String to Pearly Gateways – Some Thoughts on Diagrams and Heuristics in Qurʾānic Studies

By nature, Qurʾānic studies is highly textualist in orientation. Although the Qurʾān is a recited text par excellence – as its Arabic roots and its tradition of ritual-oral performance clearly signal – our main scientific approaches to the Qurʾān tend to access the Qurʾān as a written text, usually silently read. Whether we approach the…