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Alan Dundes is professor of anthropology and folklore at the University of California, Berkeley, and a leading authority in the study of folklore. He is the author or editor of more than thirty books including Two Tales of Crow and Sparrow: A Freudian Folkloristic Essay on Caste and Untouchability, Holy Writ as Oral Lit: The Bible as Folklore, and International Folkloristics.
3 What is the Qur'an
4 Oral Formulaic Theory
5 Oral Formulas in the Qur'an
6 Folktales in the Qur'an
An acclaimed scholar-folklorist Dundes analyzes this ancient charter book [Qur'an] with precision and academic insight. Concise yet thorough, this work includes numerous references as well as an exceptional bibliography and index. Highly recommended.
— Library Journal
Anyone who has ever had occasion to consult a concordance of the Qur'an will not have failed to notice the high degree to which phrases and sentences are repeated, often verbatim, throughout the holy text. Arguing that such repetitions are 'formulas,' and applying Milman Parry and Albert B. Lord's oral-formulaic theory to the Qur'an, Professor Alan Dundes has broken new ground with his folkloristic approach to that book. The issue will surely be debated for many years to come.
— James T. Monroe, University of California, Berkeley