The Remarkable Structure of the Qur’an.

Subhanallah. The Holy Quran is a truly divine revelation. Without doubts, it is the words of Allah. No human being, not even Nabi Muhammad, peace be upon him, is capable of writing and composing such beautiful messages.

Many Prophets, One Message


The Qur’an is a very unique book in terms of its composition. Its 114 chapters (or ‘Surahs’ in Arabic) are not arranged chronologically or thematically. Even within the individual chapters, numerous topics can be covered with sudden switches from one topic to another and then back again.

This unique structure at face value may appear to be disjointed. However, modern research has discovered a sophisticated structural coherence in the Qur’an known as ring composition.


Ring composition has been explained by Mary Douglas in her book “Thinking in Circles: An Essay on Ring Composition”. In ring compositions there must be a correspondence between the beginning and the end. It is structured as a sort of circle, or mirror image. The central meaning of the text is placed at its centre. The second half mirrors the first half, in reverse order — e.g., A, B, C, D, C’…

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2 responses to “The Remarkable Structure of the Qur’an.”

  1. Assalaamu’alaikum wr.wb. Aiharun…..

    Gemersik takbir mengundang hiba,
    Salam diutus tanda ingatan,
    Syawal dinanti menjelang tiba,
    Salam diutus pohon kemaafan.

    Selamat Hari Raya Maaf zahir dan batin.
    Salam Syawal dari Sarikei, Sarawak. 🙂


  2. Waalaikumsalam, Kak Fatimah. Maaf dah 2 minggu Syawal, baru sempat balas. Moga dipanjangkan umur bertemu Ramadan 1437.


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