A Critical Examination of Joseph Kenny's Views on the Origin, Miracle and Veracity of the Qur'an

Dr. Mujahid Hamza Shitu
2018 الإيضاح  
Christian missionary scholarship on Islam and the Qur'an in Nigeria dates back to the advent of Christianity in the country. The reason was that Islam had become well established and indigenized in most parts of northern Nigeria and south Western Nigeria, and the Qur'an provides Muslims with information on Christianity and its doctrines. Thus, Islam became a serious obstacle to their endeavour. The early 20th century Christian Missionaries therefore, held that they could only get to the Muslims
more » ... get to the Muslims through the learning and research on the Qur'an. This spurred them to produce works on the Qur'an. Joseph Kenny was a Christian Missionary who was sent to Nigeria in 1964 through the directive of the Holy See, to assist the Catholic Church in reaching the Muslims in Nigeria. He underwent trainings in the fields of Arabic and Islamic Studies, and was able to produce more than 170 works on different areas of Islamic Studies. This paper critically examines some of his views on the Qur'an, as compared to the views of other Christian missionary scholars of Qur'an and thus elaborates on the misrepresentations contained in them.
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