Communications of the ACS, Vol 4, No 2 (2011)

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Preparing a Quantitative Database of Meccan and Madani Suras of the Holy Quran

El-Sayed M. El-Alfy, Radwan E. Abdel-Aal


Determining the Meccan/Madani origin of the quranic suras has many benefits and has always been of great interest to quranic scholars. Examples of such benefits include correct interpretation of the verses, distinguishing between nasikh and mansoukh (abrogator and abrogated), gaining insight into the various quranic approaches to calling people to Islam at various stages and in different environments, and assertaing the chronology of events. In this study, we have prepared a quantitative thematic database for the quranic suras that consists of 37 distinguishing numerical features based on the general characteristics of the Meccan and Madani Quran as derived by early quranic scholars. This database can be used in several application for automatic detection and analysis of the Holy Quaranic text.



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