The Unique Literary Form of the Qur'an
According to both Muslim and Non-Muslim scholarship, the Qur’an cannot be described as any of the known forms of Arabic speech; namely poetry and prose. Taha Husayn, a prominent Egyptian Litterateur, during the course of a public lecture summarised how the Qur’an achieves this unique form...
The inability of any person to produce anything like the Qur'an, due to its unique literary form is the essence of the Qur'anic miracle. A miracle is defined as "events which lie outside the productive capacity of nature". The argument posed by Muslim theologians and philosophers is that if, with the finite set of Arabic linguistic tools at humanity's disposal, there is no effective challenge; then providing a naturalistic explanation for the Qur'an's uniqueness is incoherent and does not explain its inimitability. This is because the natural capacity of the text producer, or author, is able to produce the known literary forms in the Arabic language. The development of an entirely unique literary form is beyond the scope of the productive nature of any author, hence a supernatural entity, God, is the only sufficient and comprehensive explanation. It is the purpose of this article to explain how the Qur'an achieves this unique literary form, thereby explaining the miracle of its inimitability.
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