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Taḥrīf in the Digital Age

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author Schulthess Sara,
Project Les manuscrits arabes des lettres de Paul de Tarse. La reprise d'un champ de recherche négligé
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Ancient Worlds in a Digital Culture
Editor , Clivaz Claire
Publisher Brill, Leiden
Page(s) 214 - 230
ISBN 9789004325234
Title of proceedings Ancient Worlds in a Digital Culture
DOI 10.1163/9789004325234_012

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The notion of taḥrīf, often translated by the terms “falsification” or “corruption” of the Scriptures, is an important theme in the Islāmic polemic discourse against Christianity (and Judaism) and plays a significant role in the interfaith encounter and dialogue since the beginning of Islām. This theory, which refutes the authenticity of the Biblical text used by the Christians, has integrated the progress of the textual criticism discipline in the Western Universities since the 19th century. The raising of the digital age leads to a renewal of the classical polemic issue of the taḥrīf: we can observe the flowering of websites, blogs, forums, who are specializing themselves in New Testament textual criticism, with the sight to demonstrate the taḥrīf.