Gustave Edmund von Grunebaum (1909-1972)

The famous Austrian-American historian and Arabist, professor and director of the Near Eastern Centre at the University of California

The effect of the literary advance which the Koran marks is heightened by a number of passages of sublime beauty. Many of the lines that seem rather commonplace to us must have been astounding and stirring to the contemporaries. But at all tunes will this simile of the Lord and the mysterious aloofness of his splendor penetrate to the innermost heart

Medieval Islam – A Study in Cultural Orientation, Gustave E. von Grunebaum, pg. 88; The University of Chicago Press, 1953