Qur'an An Introduction

ISBN-10: 041542125X

ISBN-13: 9780415421256

Edition: 2007

Authors: Abdullah Saeed
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Description: There is much more to the Qur'an than the selective quotations favoured by Islamic fundamentalists. This booknbsp;provides a student-friendly guide to the many ways in which the Qur'an can be read. Designed for bothnbsp;Muslims and Western non-Muslim students it examines the Qur'an in Western scholarship as well as giving an overview of the rich interpretive traditions from the time of the Prophet Muhammad to the present day. This guide is a concise introduction to all aspects ofnbsp;the Qur'an: history, understanding and interpretationnbsp;providing: coverage of both pre-modern and modern periods plenty of examples to illustrate key points and aid student understanding summaries, timelines and a glossary.nbsp;

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 3/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Qur'an in its context
The world of the Prophet Muhammad
Prophet Muhammad's life as part of the context
Socio-historical context and cultural language
Ethical language of the Qur'an: context and women
Intellectual currents that influenced Muslim engagement with the Qur'an
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Revelation and the Qur'an
The nature of revelation
Forms of revelation in the Islamic context
Revelation: God's speech in human language
The Qur'an as purely divine revelation
Spoken word and written word
Revelation and interpretation
Towards a broader understanding of revelation
Levels of revelation of the Qur'an
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
The Qur'an as scripture
Structure of the Qur'an
Compiling the Qur'an as a single text
Challenges by Western scholars of the Qur'an
Evolution of the script of the Qur'an and its presentation
The nature of the Qur'anic text: the idea of inimitability
Connection between the Qur'an and the traditions of the Prophet
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Major themes and text types
God
Spiritual beings
Satan - the symbol of evil and disobedience
Creation
Earlier prophetic figures
Faith and other religions
Historical events of the Prophet's time
Life after death
Human behaviour
Types of texts in the Qur'an
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
The Qur'an in daily life
Reciting the Qur'an
Handling the Qur'an
Ritual purity and cleanliness
Desecration of the Qur'an
Qur'anic texts and calligraphy
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Western scholarship and the Qur'an
Early Western scholarship on Islam and the Qur'an
Later Western scholarship on Islam and the Qur'an
Contemporary Western scholarship on Islam and the Qur'an
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Translation of the Qur'an
Early Muslim interest in Qur'anic translation
Non-Muslims and translation of the Qur'an
Muslims and translation of the Qur'an
Muslim discourse on translation
Translation: a case study
Some commonly available translations of the Qur'an in English
Translations of the Qur'an on the Internet
Summary
Notes
The Qur'an and other scriptures
Muslim understandings of scripture
Jewish and Christian scriptures in the Qur'an
Muslim views on 'distortion' of Jewish and Christian scriptures
Scholarly engagement with Jewish and Christian sources
Muslim attitudes to Jewish and Christian scriptures
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Ethico-legal teachings
Scripture and religious law
Types of ethico-legal texts in the Qur'an
Adaptability of ethico-legal teachings
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Selected exegetical principles and ideas
Tradition- or reason-based exegesis
Selected principles in Qur'anic exegesis
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Approaches to Qur'anic exegesis
Early exegesis
Three broad trends of exegesis
Other key trends
Exegesis in the modern period
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Modern interpretation of the Qur'an
Differences between textualists and contextualists
Fazlur Rahman
Amina Wadud
Muhammad Shahrour
Mohammed Arkoun
Khaled Abou El Fadl
Summary
Recommended reading
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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