Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style

Understanding the Qur'an: Themes and Style

Hardback London Qur'an Studies

By (author) M. a. S. Abdel Haleem

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  • Publisher: I.B.Tauris
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 240mm x 26mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1860640095
  • ISBN 13: 9781860640094

Product description

The tenets of Islam cannot be grasped without a proper understanding of the Qur'an. In this introduction, Dr Muhammad Haleem, a noted scholar of Islamic studies, examines its major recurrent themes - life and eternity, marriage and divorce, peace and war, and water - and sets out these in the context of the Qur'an's linguistic style. Dr Haleem examines the background to the development of the "surahs" (chapters) and the "ayahs" (verses) and the construction of the Qur'an in itself. He shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes towards women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qur'an.

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Author information

Muhammed Abdel Haleem is Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

Review quote

...in the present reviewer's view, is the most interesting and illustrative of qur'anic themes and style..."-Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations"

Table of contents

The Qur'an ; Al-Fatiha - the opening of the Qur'an; water in the Qur'an; marriage and divorce; war and peace in the Qur'an; tolerance in Islam; life and beyond; paradise in the Qur'an; the face, divine and human, in the Qur'an; Adam and Eve in the Qur'an and the Bible; the story of Joseph in the Qur'an and the Bible; the Qur'an explains itself - the Surat al-Rahman; dynamic style.