The Qur'an

The Qur'an : A Biography

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The Qur'an: A Biography is a beautifully written and authoritative account of one of the world's most famous, and most misunderstood books.

Few books in history are as poorly read or understood as the Qur'an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, it is regarded by the faithful as the unmediated word of Allah. It is revered by Muslims throughout the world, it inspires unparalleled levels of devotion, passion, fear and, sometimes, incomprehension.

In this book, the distinguished scholar Bruce Lawrence shows precisely why the Qur'an is Islam. He describes the origins of the faith in seventh-century Arabia and looks at why the Qur'an needs to be both memorized and recited by its followers. Lawrence also discusses the book's many doubters and commentators and assesses its important influence in societies and politics today. Above all, Lawrence emphasizes that the Qur'an demands interpretation, and can only be properly understood through its history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 20mm | 240g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1843543990
  • 9781843543992
  • 619,013

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"'An exceptionally illuminating and balanced narrative.' Ziuddin Sardar, Independent * 'Lawrence's work could not be finer.' Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday * 'Admirably balanced and informative.' John Gray, New Statesman * 'Compendious, clear and engaged... this series is a big success.' A.C. Grayling, The Times * 'These well written stories of great books serve as finger-licking, appetite-whetting hors d'oeuvre.' Ziauddin Sardar, Independent"
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About Bruce Lawrence

Bruce Lawrence, Professor of Islamic Studies at DukeUniversity, the author of the award-winning book, Defenders of God: the Fundamentalist Revolt against the Modern World, and editor of the acclaimed Messages to the World: The Statements of Osama bin Laden.
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