While most treatments of the Qur’an assume Traditionalist Islam’s conclusions, Gerrans’ first book The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation does not.
Rather, it provides an initial demonstration of the type of principles which have informed Gerrans’ entire process of engagement with the Qur’anic text.
First among these is the original and organic hermeneutic approach he calls pan-textual analysis. This is a methodology by which one approaches the Qur’an on the basis of its own claims — namely, that it is from God, preserved, consistent, and complete — leveraging the corpus of the text as a whole to establish word values for key terms which are consistent and apposite across all instances. He then enforces the outcome of that process across his translation.
This approach is combined with further methods. One of these employs the fact that the Qur’an itself furnishes definitions for a number of key terms. Where such definitions are identified, they are enforced also across his translation.
His guiding objective has been identification of a mechanism implicit within a structured treatment of the Qur’anic text comprising the principles by which miscreant and deviant rulers and their communities were held to account before God in the past, and then to initiate in the present a single, remaining implementation of the same mechanism latent within the revelation and missions God gave to Muḥammad.
His second book, The God Protocol, identifies and demonstrates this mechanism, and addresses a formal notification based thereon to the miscreant and deviant elites of that unified system of governance by which the world is ruled today.
Leveraging the same methodology he has produced a comprehensive solution to the Qur’an’s mysterious letters, resulting in his third book: The Mysterious Letters of the Qur’an: A Complete Solution.
The Mysterious Letters of the Qur’an: A Complete Solution presents a convincing, cohesive, and logical description of the purposes and operations of those letters of a non-lexical character in the Qur’an which are called in Arabic al ḥurūf al muqaṭṭaʿāt (or the cut or disjointed letters), and called more generally in English the mysterious letters. Understanding of these letters has eluded Muslims for over 1,400 years, their default position being that any attempt to decode them is either futile or blasphemous.
Sam Gerrans submits his solution to this longstanding enigma in support of — and by way of authentication of — his broader project as summarised in The God Protocol.
Sam Gerrans has no interest in Traditionalist Islam’s secondary (in truth, usurping) literature called aḥādīth, considering that its insinuation into any hermeneutic or exegetical process both precludes the possibility of engaging meaningfully or correctly with the text as a whole, and flies in the face of the Qur’an’s estimate of itself as consistent and complete.
While The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation exposes unambiguous tensions between Traditionalist Islam and the book that religion claims as its foundational scripture, that result was not Gerrans’ motivation for writing it. Sam Gerrans believes in God and accepts the veracity of the Qur’an. His identification of Traditionalist Islam’s preoccupations as a usurping narrative is a function of his process of due diligence upon the contents of the Qur’an rather than his primary interest. The motivation driving The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation was to provide a textual corpus in the English language which could supply a legitimate formal basis for his principal objective which is described now in full in his book The God Protocol.
A formal notification of warning comprising what in The God Protocol is termed the detonating statement — the sole component necessary to the protocol and required to complete Muḥammad’s second, universal mission of warning in a future in which humanity would live under a single system of governance — was sent by tracked mail to nine hundred of the world’s most influential people.
The full texts of The Qur’an: A Complete Revelation, The God Protocol, and The Mysterious Letters of the Qur’an: A Complete Solution may be downloaded free and printed for personal (non-commercial) use, or hardback copies purchased.