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Before and After MuhammadThe First Millennium Refocused$
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Garth Fowden

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691158532

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691158532.001.0001

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Exegetical Cultures 2

Exegetical Cultures 2

Law and Religion

(p.164) 6 Exegetical Cultures 2
Before and After Muhammad

Garth Fowden

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines several other major learned or religious traditions that flourished during the First Millennium, with particular emphasis on their maturation through exegesis of and commentary on authoritative texts. It first considers Roman law, a tradition rooted in pre-First Millennium, non-monotheistic Antiquity, before discussing rabbinic Judaism, patristic Christianity, and Islam. The goal is to consolidate the argument that the First Millennium was the source not only of the three great texts that have most deeply molded Eurasian civilization (the Christian Bible, the Justinianic code, and the Qur'āan), but also of the exegetical traditions through which these often recalcitrant books were transformed into usable public doctrine.

Keywords:   exegesis, First Millennium, Roman law, rabbinic Judaism, patristic Christianity, Islam, Eurasia, Christian Bible, Justinianic code, Qur'āan

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