Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an

ISBN-10: 052153934X

ISBN-13: 9780521539340

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jane Dammen McAuliffe

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As the living scriptural heritage of more than a billion people, the Qur'an (Koran) speaks with a powerful voice. Just as other scriptural religions, Islam has produced a long tradition of interpretation for its holy book. Nevertheless, efforts to introduce the Qur'an and its intellectual heritage to English-speaking audiences have been hampered by the lack of available resources. The Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an seeks to remedy that situation. In a discerning summation of the field, Jane McAuliffe brings together an international team of scholars to explain its complexities. Comprising fourteen chapters, each devoted to a topic of central importance, the book is rich in historical, linguistic and literary detail, while also reflecting the influence of other disciplines. For both the university student and the general reader, The Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an provides a fascinating entre to a text that has shaped the lives of millions for centuries.
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List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/23/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 345
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Jane Dammen McAuliffe, immediate past president of Bryn Mawr College, is the author of Abbasid Authority Affirmed and Qur'anic Christians: An Analysis of Classical and Modern Exegesis. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress's John W. Kluge Center.

List of figures
Notes on contributors
Formation of the qur'anic text
The historical context
Creation of a fixed text
Alternative accounts of the Qur'an's formation
Description and analysis
Themes and topics
Structural, linguistic and literary features
Recitation and aesthetic reception
Transmission and dissemination
From palm leaves to the Internet
Inscriptions in art and architecture
Interpretations and intellectual traditions
The tasks and traditions of interpretation
Multiple areas of influence
Western scholarship and the Qur'an
Contemporary readings
Women's readings of the Qur'an
Political interpretation of the Qur'an
The Qur'an and other religions
Qur'an citation index
General index
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