In the latest installment of the Review of Qur’anic Research, Orhan Elmaz reviews Christian Peltz’s two-volume Der Koran des Abū l-ʿAlāʾ (Weisbaden: Harrassowitz, 2013). Peltz’s work is dedicated to a text unique in classical Arabic literature in many respects: Abū al-ʿAlāʾ al-Maʿarrī’s (d. 449/1057) Kitāb al-Fuṣūl wa’l-ghāyāt fī tamjīd allāh wa’l-mawāʿiẓ. Maʿarrī’s work has drawn scholarly interest because it has been believed to constitute an attempt at imitating or parodying (muʿāraḍah) the Qurʾān.
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