Goethe, quoted in T.P. Hughes DICTIONARY OFISLAM, p. 526."However often we turn to it [the Quran] at firstdisgusting us each time afresh, it soonattracts, astounds, and in the end enforces ourreverence... Its style, in accordance with its contentsand aim is stern, grand, terrible - ever and anon trulysublime -- Thus this book will go on exercising throughall ages a most potent influence." www.knowmuhammad.org
G. Margoliouth, Introduction to J.M. Rodwells, THEKORAN, New York: Everymans Library, 1977, p. vii."The Koran admittedly occupies an importantposition among the great religious books of theworld. Though the youngest of the epoch-makingworks belonging to this class of literature, it yields tohardly any in the wonderful effect, which it hasproduced on large masses of men. www.knowmuhammad.org
It has created an all but new phase of humanthought and a fresh type of character. It firsttransformed a number of heterogeneous deserttribes of the Arabian peninsula into a nation ofheroes, and then proceeded to create the vastpolitico-religious organizations of theMuhammadan world which are one of the greatforces with which Europe and the East have toreckon today." www.knowmuhammad.org
Dr. Steingass, quoted in T.P. Hughes DICTIONARY OFISLAM, pp. 526-527."A work, then, which calls forth so powerful andseemingly incompatible emotions even in thedistant reader - distant as to time, and still more soas a mental development - a work which not onlyconquers the repugnance which he may begin itsperusal, but changes this adverse feeling intoastonishment and admiration, www.knowmuhammad.org
Such a work must be a wonderful productionof the human mind indeed and a problem ofthe highest interest to every thoughtfulobserver of the destinies of mankind." www.knowmuhammad.org
Maurice Bucaille, THE BIBLE, THE QURANAND SCIENCE, 1978, p. 125."The above observation makes the hypothesisadvanced by those who see Muhammad as theauthor of the Quran untenable. How could aman, from being illiterate, become the mostimportant author, in terms of literary merits, inthe whole of Arabic literature? www.knowmuhammad.org
How could he then pronounce truths of a scientificnature that no other human being could possiblyhave developed at that time, and all this without oncemaking the slightest error in his pronouncement onthe subject?""Here, therefore, its merits as a literary productionshould perhaps not be measured by somepreconceived maxims of subjective and aesthetictaste, but by the effects which it produced inMuhammads contemporaries and fellow countrymen. www.knowmuhammad.org
If it spoke so powerfully and convincingly to thehearts of his hearers as to weld hitherto centrifugaland antagonistic elements into one compact andwell-organized body, animated by ideas far beyondthose Dr. Steingass, quoted in T.P. HughesDICTIONARY OF ISLAM, p.528.which had until now ruled the Arabian mind, thenits eloquence was perfect, simply because itcreated a civilized nation out of savage tribes, andshot a fresh woof into the old warp of history." www.knowmuhammad.org
"In making the present attempt to improve on theperformance of my predecessors, and to producesomething which might be accepted as echoinghowever faintly the sublime rhetoric of the ArabicKoran, I have been at pains to study the intricateand richly varied rhythms which - apart from themessage itself - constitute the Korans undeniableclaim to rank amongst the greatest literarymasterpieces of mankind... www.knowmuhammad.org
Arthur J. Arberry, THE KORANINTERPRETED, London: Oxford UniversityPress, 1964, p. x.This very characteristic feature - that inimitablesymphony, as the believing Pickthall described hisHoly Book, the very sounds of which move men totears and ecstasy - has been almost totally ignored byprevious translators; it is therefore not surprising thatwhat they have wrought sounds dull and flat indeed incomparison with the splendidly decorated original." www.knowmuhammad.org
Maurice Bucaille, THE QURAN AND MODERNSCIENCE, 1981, p. 18."A totally objective examination of it [the Quran] inthe light of modern knowledge, leads us torecognize the agreement between the two, as hasbeen already noted on repeated occasions. It makesus deem it quite unthinkable for a man ofMuhammads time to have been the author of suchstatements on account of the state of knowledge inhis day. www.knowmuhammad.org
Such considerations are part of what givesthe Quranic Revelation its unique place, andforces the impartial scientist to admit hisinability to provide an explanation whichcalls solely upon materialistic reasoning." www.knowmuhammad.org
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