The Qur'an: An Introduction

The Qur'an: An Introduction


By (author) Abdullah Saeed

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 230mm x 18mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 27 May 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 041542125X
  • ISBN 13: 9780415421256
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 304,125

Product description

There is much more to the Qur'an than the selective quotations favoured by Islamic fundamentalists. This book provides a student-friendly guide to the many ways in which the Qur'an can be read. Designed for both 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 of the Qur'an: history, understanding and interpretation, 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.

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Author information

Abdullah Saeed is Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab & Islamic Studies and Director, Centre for the Study of Contemporary Islam at the University of Melbourne, Australia. His previous works include Islamic Thought (2006) and Interpreting the Qur'an (2005) both published by Routledge.

Review quote

'It is ideal as a text for serious academic work on the Qur'an. Summing up: Highly recommended.' - Choice

Table of contents

Introduction Part 1 1. The Qur'an in Context 2. The Prophet, Prophesy and Revelation 3. The Qur'an as a 'Book' Part 2 4. The Qur'an and other Scriptures 5. The Qur'an and Western Scholarship 6. Translations of the Qur'an Part 3 7. The Qur'an and Traditions of the Prophet 8. Principles of Understanding the Qur'an 9. Early Interpretation of the Qur'an 10. Approaches to Interpretation Today 11. Epilogue 12. Bibliography