Approaching the Qur'an

Approaching the Qur'an : The Early Revelations

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This title is available as a Book and CD. "Approaching the Qur'an" is a major event in religious publishing. Professor Michael Sells has captured the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras of the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of Islam. "Approaching the Qur'an" presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic chapters, or suras, associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. Most of these early revelations appear at the end of the written text and are commonly reached only by the most resolute reader of existing English translations. These suras contain some of the most powerful prophetic and revelatory passages in religious history. They offer the vision of a meaningful and just life that anchors the religion of one-fifth of the world's inhabitants. "Approaching the Qur'an" is enriched by the inclusion of a compact disc recording of Quranic reciters chanting several of the early suras, allowing readers an opportunity to hear the Qur'an in its original form. The book includes Sells' 'Introduction to the Qur'an', commentaries of the suras, a glossary of technical terms, and chapters discussing the sound nature and gender aspects of the Arabic text.

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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 236 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 15.24mm | 453.59g
  • White Cloud Press
  • Ashland, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • b/w illus
  • 1883991692
  • 9781883991692
  • 275,172

Table of contents

Introduction -- Approaching the Qur'an; Glossary of Arabic Terms; The Early Suras with Commentary; The Sura of the Compassionate; Hearing the Qur'an: The Call to Prayer and Six Suras; Sound, Spirit and Gender in the Qur'an.

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"Michael Sells is to be congratulated for making a major contribution to religious literature with Approaching the Qur'an, the best version of Muslim scriptures available in English. This is an important and illuminating work, one that will be welcomed by scholars, students, believers, and all who seek to better understand Islam and its sacred scripture." -- Carl Ernst is professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina and author of The Shambhala Guide to Sufism

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