ISBN-10: 080214344X

ISBN-13: 9780802143440

Edition: 2008

Authors: Bruce Lawrence

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Few books in history have been as poorly, understood as the Qur'an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an is the unmediated word of Allah: a ritual, political, and legal authority; an ethical and spiritual guide; and a literary masterpiece that inspires devotion, passion, fear, and sometimes incomprehension. In The Qur'an, distinguished historian of religion Bruce Lawrence shows precisely how the Qur'an is the embodiment of Islam. He describes the origins of the faith in seventh-century Arabia and explains why the Qur'an is both memorized and recited by devour Muslims. Lawrence also discusses the Qur'an's commentators and doubters and assesses its tremendous influence on today's societies and politics. Above all, Lawrence emphasizes that the Qur'an is a sacred book of signs that cannot be reduced to a single, obvious message. It is a book that demands interpretation and one that can be properly understood only through its long and storied history.
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List price: $13.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 4.75" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Bruce B. Lawrence is Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor and professor of Islamic studies at Duke University. He is author of New Faiths, Old Fears: Muslims and Other Asian Immigrants in American Religious Life.

A Note on Translations
A Note on Romanization
Arab Core
The Prophet Muhammad: Merchant and Messenger
The Prophet Muhammad: Organizer and Strategist
'A'ishah: Muhammad's Wife and Custodian of His Memory
The Dome of the Rock: Jerusalem Landmark, Qur'anic Icon
Early Commentaries
Ja'far as-Sadiq: Shi'ite Imam and Qur'anic Exegete
Abu Ja'far at-Tabari: Sunni Historian and Qur'anic Exegete
Later Interpretations
Robert of Ketton: Polymath Translator of the Qur'an
Muhyiddin Ibn' Arabi: Visionary Interpreter of Divine Names
Jalal ad-din Rumi: Author of the Persian Qur'an
Asian Echoes
Taj Mahal: Gateway to the Qur'anic Vision of Paradise
Ahmad Khan: Indian Educator and Qur'an Commentator
Muhammad Iqbal: Pakistani Poet Inspired by Qur'anic Motifs
Global Accents
W. D. Mohammed: Qur'an as Guide to Racial Equality
Osama bin Laden: Qur'an as Mandate for Jihad
AIDS Victims and Sick Women: Qur'an as Prescription for Mercy
Glossary of Key Terms
Further Reading
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