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

Posted by Thomas Hoffman  |  

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…

Seven Ways to Improve Your Understanding of the Qurʾan

Posted by Tim Murphy  |  

At Qurʾan Gateway, we remain engaged in a continual effort to improve its content and value to our users, to improve how our site operates, and to make our site easier and more intuitive to use. Seven recent additions to our site make it more useful to all our users on four continents. Here is…

The Print Editions of the Qurʾan and the Reading Traditions

Posted by Marijn van Putten  |  

The most widely accepted qurʾanic text as we know it today, ultimately stems from the 1924 print published in Cairo, colloquially known as the Cairo Edition. Today’s widely distributed Medina Mushaf of the King Fahd Complex owes its orthography for a large part to the Cairo Edition. This print has become the de facto standard…

Qurʾan Gateway Available For All: Here’s How To Get Access

Posted by Tim Murphy  |  

Time is precious, isn’t it? Oh, some who work in the fast-paced world of modern business might look over the fence at the academic world and think to themselves, “I wish I could live that quiet life of a scholar, pursuing what interests me at whatever pace seems reasonable.” But time is precious for scholars,…

New Frontiers in Qurʾanic Studies: Qurʾan Gateway’s Simple Yet Sophisticated Approach to the Field

Posted by Michael McCoy  |  

As a newly matriculated student at Oxford in 2011, the idea of learning Arabic seemed daunting. Despite the fact that I had acquired other research languages before beginning my master’s programme, Arabic still presented a particularly difficult problem. In Biblical Studies, for example, there were (and still are!) numerous computer software tools available, from Logos…

Why I Built Qurʾan Gateway

Posted by Andy Bannister  |  

Qur’an Gateway grew out of what was for me, a very practical need: the need to be able to analyse the Qur’an exhaustively, repeatedly and rapidly, looking for formulaic patterns in the Arabic text. During the early years of my doctoral work, I had become interested in the question of whether the Qur’an, or at…