Is the Qur'anic Text Original? (3)
I have been teaching here for the last 13 years in the Department of Art in Canada and my research interest is medieval Islamic material culture. It was in this context we were looking at the work done in the area and these questions emerged. And there were relatively a very low level of emotions! It’s difficult to work with others with anything but a relatively low level of subjectivity.
Crone had advanced her thesis a couple of decades ago and now it is seeing a bit of re-emergence.
I think there is a lack of opportunity for them to be able to see how a memorized text plays its role in our religious life. I have just come back after leading a small congregation of Fajr prayer. I committed an error in reciting a surah. I was quickly reminded of it and I corrected it. This experience is not the first of its kind in my life. Almost all prayer-saying Muslims have similar experiences in their lives. I can't imagine how it could be any different in any part of the Muslim history.
The western scholarship finds it difficult to understand this process because they haven't personally experienced it. I guess they need to be shown how the Qur'an is memorized and how the text is not allowed to be altered whether inadvertently or deliberately. I guess the principle 'seeing is believing' applies in this case too. We need to show them how it happens for them to believe in it.