The Meursault Investigation

by

Kamel Daoud

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The fundamental sacred scripture of Islam, also known as the Quran or Qur’an.
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Koran Term Timeline in The Meursault Investigation

The timeline below shows where the term Koran appears in The Meursault Investigation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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Religion and Nihilism Theme Icon
One of Harun’s neighbors reads the Koran loudly all night on the weekends. No one can tell him to stop, because he’s... (full context)
Religion and Nihilism Theme Icon
...to just one man and then disappeared forever. When he looks through “their book” (the Koran), it seems full of “redundancies, repetitions, lamentations, threats, and daydreams.” (full context)
Chapter 9
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...about his family history. Joseph, the Frenchman he has killed, is there, as is Harun’s Koran-reciting neighbor, who visits him in jail to preach about God. However, Harun says he can’t... (full context)
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...remembers that “life reposes on nothing solid.” He says that there’s one verse in the Koran he likes, which states that “if you kill a single person, it is as if... (full context)