Understanding Quran

Understanding Quran : Themes and Style

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An introduction to the sacred text of Islam. The author examines the recurrent themes of life and eternity; marriage and divorce; peace and war; water and nourishment; and sets these in the context of the Qu'ran's linguistic style. He examines the background to the development of the "surahs" (chapters) and the "ayahs" (verses) and the construction of the Qu'ran itself. He also shows that popular conceptions of Islamic attitudes to women, marriage and divorce, war and society, differ radically from the true teachings of the Qu'ran. This work is intended for students of Islam and comparative religion, and for readers interested in a Qu'ranic perspective when considering contemporary issues.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 156.2 x 233.4 x 18.5mm | 380.38g
  • I.B.Tauris & Co Ltd
  • I.B.Tauris
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1860646506
  • 9781860646508

About M. a. S. Abdel Haleem

Muhammed Abdel Haleemis Professor of Islamic Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.show more

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 - "Surat al-Rahman"; dynamic style.show more

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[It] has a breadth of reading and attention to style that readers will welcome...Chapters on such topics as women, Adam and Eve, the afterlife and war and peace articulately present ways in which contemporary Muslims understand their scriptures. "Choice" ...in the present reviewer's view, is the most interesting and illustrative of qur'anic themes and style..."-Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations"show more