Asbab al-Nuzul (Revelational Circumstances of the Quran)

The Revelational circumstances behind the Qur'anic verses are held to be recorded in the Hadith. The earliest surviving book relating solely to this genre[1] can also be found on quranx: Asbab Al-Nuzul by Al-Wahidi (d. 468AD / 1075CE) containing further revelational circumstances according to various traditional accounts.

The Surahs


  1. Asbāb al-Nuzūl By: Alī ibn Ahmad al-Wāhidī Translated By: Mokrane Guezzou Edited and with a brief Introduction by Yousef Meri. Introduction: pp iv. They also note here that some scholars such as Andrew Rippin doubt the existence of earlier 'circumstances of revelation' works mentioned which do not survive - though the translators disagree this is sufficient evidence to reject their existence.