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The lost archive, the myth of philology, and the study of the Qur’an

  • A reaction to the article „The Lost Archive“, The Wall Street Journal 12.1.2008, page 1 (US edition) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120008793352784631.html The belief in the myth that old manuscripts should be mysterious and powerful is part and parcel of the age of Modernity. That such expectations were operative in the discussion on the Qumran fragments is still remembered, and more recently the Da Vinci Code, in itself a quite shallow story, sold extremely well. The fact that the Wall Street Journal placed an article on the “lost Bergsträsser-film archive” of Qur’anic manuscripts on its front page on 12th of January seems to be due to the myth of “textual wars” taking place in the world.

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Author:Michael Marx
Document Type:Working Paper
Date of Publication (online):2009/01/19
Release Date:2009/01/19
Tag:Archiv; Gotthelf Bergsträsser; Koran
Institutes:BBAW / Akademienvorhaben Corpus Coranicum
Dewey Decimal Classification:2 Religion / 29 Andere Religionen / 290 Andere Religionen