Joseph in the Torah and the Qurann: An Assessment of Malik Bennabi’s Narrative
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JOSEPH IN THE TORAH AND THE QURAN – Book Sample
Malek Bennabi’s the Qur’Énic Phenomenon provides an excellent analysis of Qur’Énic revelation through the application of the phenomenology. A closer analysis of the work shows that Bennabi’s major contribution is to be found in his narrative strategies and comparative style as evidenced, among others, in chapters 13 and 14 of the Qur’Énic Phenomenon.
Here Bennabi provides a balanced picture of the story of Joseph in the Torah and the Qur’Én. Bennabi’s textual strategy, narrative and meta-narrative brings out the uniqueness of the Qur’Énic account of Joseph. The reconstruction of the story of Joseph opened a new type of discourse in understanding the relationship between religion and modernity
The Context of the Book – JOSEPH IN THE TORAH AND THE QURAN
The Qur’anic Phenomenon was written twice in its original French version. The first form was lost during the Second World War. It has been suggested that the narrative in the first form was perhaps addressed to the Muslim youth who were influenced by the West as well as to non-Muslims who increasingly became part of the debate on religion and modernity.
Perhaps, the book was based upon reflections concerning the challenges he faced when, out of necessity, he became a member of the Christian Youth Organisation in Paris and, as narrated in his autobiography, he had learned discussions with the leaders of that organisation.
That is how he became familiar with the Judaeo-Christian tradition and modernity and the challenges they posed to Islam. The second time the book was reorganized, reconstructed and almost rewritten by Bennabi during his stay in Egypt in the late fifties and early sixties. The reconstructed book was translated into Arabic.
Although he voiced his dissatisfaction – JOSEPH IN THE TORAH AND THE QURAN
Although he voiced his dissatisfaction with the present form of the book, the depth of the argument and the religious imagination which are reflected in the text is beyond the reach of an isolated. Muslim intellectual in Paris during the 1940s.
Thus, his assertion that, “in its present form, it does not satisfy the original idea we formulated concerning the problem of the Qur’Én,” should not be taken literally but rather it reflects the new orientation within which the text was written. As he stated, the essence of his original text
JOSEPH IN THE TORAH AND THE QURAN
was to establish “an analytical method for the study of the Qur’Énic phenomenon.” He explained that the major objective of his work was to furnish Muslim youth with new theoretical orientation in understanding religion as well as to suggest a methodological reform in Qur’Énic exegesis that would redefine the meaning of iÑjÉz
inimitability of the Qur’Én)
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