Sir Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb (1895-1971)

Highly celebrated Scottish historian and orientalist, who was also director of Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies

“But the Meccans still demanded of him a miracle, and with remarkable boldness and self-confidence Mohammed appealed as the supreme confirmation of his mission to the Koran itself. Like all Arabs they were connoisseurs of language and rhetoric. Well then, if the Koran were his own composition other men could rival it. Let them produce ten verses like it. If they could not (and it is obvious that they could not), then let them accept the Koran as an outstanding evidential miracle.”

“As a literary monument the Koran thus stands by itself, a production unique to the Arabic literature, having neither forerunners nor successors in its own idiom. Muslims of all ages are united in proclaiming the inimitability not only of its contents but also of its style.”

Mohammedanism, An Historical Survey, H. A. R. Gibb, pg. 41-42; Oxford University Press, New York, 1962
Arabic Literature: an Introduction; H. A. R. Gibb, pg. 36; Clarendon Press, 1963