From al-Fātiḥah to Hallelujah: The Qur’ānic Psalter of Ḥafṣ al-Qūṭī
The Qur’ān and Kerygma - Biblical Receptions of the Muslim Scripture across a Millennium - Jeffrey Einboden
Jeffrey Einboden [+]
Northern Illinois University
Jeffrey Einboden is Professor of 19th-century American Literature and Comparative Literature at Northern Illinois University, and author of Nineteenth-Century U.S. Literature in Middle Eastern Languages (Edinburgh University Press 2013); Islam and Romanticism: Muslim Currents from Goethe to Emerson (Oneworld 2014); and The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture (Oxford University Press, 2016). His research into Islamic sources and the Western canon has appeared in journals including Milton Quarterly, Translation and Literature, Middle Eastern Literatures, and the Journal of Qur’anic Studies; in 2006, his “The Genesis of Weltliteratur: Goethe’s West-östlicher Divan and Kerygmatic Pluralism” (Literature and Theology; 2005) was named by OUP as one of the “100 seminal articles” published by Oxford Journals in the past century.
Addressing the Qur’ān’s early impact on Christian scripture, the book begins with a sustained case study, reading closely the 9th-century psalm translation of Ḥafṣ ibn Albar al-Qūṭī. Amplifying the Islamic echoes throughout this Andalucian rendition, Chapter 1 spans paratexts and poetics, isolating the pivotal Qur’ānic phrases that punctuate al-Qūṭī’s psalter. Marrying Christian versification with Qur’ānic verses, al-Qūṭī’s translation emerges in Chapter 1 as a sacred text that straddles Hebraic original, Christian interpretation, and Islamic idioms, culminating in a “kerygmatic pluralism” that resists clear creedal distinctions.