Recent manuscript evidence from al-Jami` al-Kabir in San ‘a’ suggests that the Qur’an took its final shape well before 671 CE. Irrespective, however, of who composed it or when it was compiled, questions remain about whether the Qur’an followed any kind of preconceived plan or compositional schema that makes sense in today’s world.
In The al-Baqara Crescendo, Nevin Reda (Assistant Professor of Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College) introduces a bold new avenue of research: the poetics of Qur'anic narrative structure.
Music By: Lim Swee Hong
Dr. Lim Swee Hong is the Deer Park Assistant Professor of Sacred Music, and Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada. As C. Michael Hawn writes in the foreword, "Composing tunes...is a skill that requires much more insight than most would realize...Swee Hong brings theological insight, poetic knowledge, an understanding of the assembly's vocal skills, and musical artistry to this task." Included here are 59 original hymn tunes set to contemporary texts.
Swee Hong Lim and Lester Ruth have filled an important gap in the study of worship. Lovin’ on Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship is the first scholarly work of its kind on this topic. Lim and Ruth trace the origins and development of what we commonly call contemporary Christian worship, exploring it thoroughly and methodically. Their research includes early recordings and interviews with many who were directly involved in the early stages.