Preface (Andrew Rippin).
Part I: Orientation.
1. Introducing (Tamara Sonn).
2. Discovering (Christopher Buck).
3. Contextualizing (Abdullah Saeed).
Part II: Text.
4. Linguistic Structure (Salwa M.S. El-Awa).
5. Patterns of Address (Rosalind Ward Gwynne).
6. Language (Mustansir Mir).
7. Poetry and Language (Navid Kermani).
8. Foreign Vocabulary (Michael Carter).
9. Structure and the Emergence of Community (Angelika Neuwirth).
10. Sacrality and Collection (Aliza Shnizer).
11. Written Transmission (Francois Deroche).
12. Context: Muhammad (Herbert Berg).
13. Context: 'Umar b. al-Khattab (Avraham Hakim).
Part III: Content.
14. God (Andrew Rippin).
15. Prophets and Prophethood (Uri Rubin)].
16. Moses (Brannon Wheeler).
17. Argumentation (Kate Zebiri).
18. Knowing and Thinking (A.H. Mathias Zahniser).
19. Sex, Sexuality, and the Family (Khaleel Mohammed).
20. Jihad (Reuven Firestone).
Part IV: Interpretation.
21. Hermeneutics: al-Tha'labi (Marianna Klar).
22. Stories of the Prophets (Marianna Klar).
23. Sufism (Alan Goldas).
24. Rumi (Jawid Mojaddedi).
25. Twelver Shi I Ta wil (Diana Steigerwald).
26. Isma ili Ta wil (Diana Steigerwald).
Part V: Application.
27. Exegetical Sciences (Jane Dammen McAuliffe).
28. Theology (Binyamin Abrahamov).
29. Jurisprudence (A. Kevin Reinhart).
30. Contemporary Ethical Issues (Leah Kinberg).
31. Narrative Literature (Roberto Tottoli).
32. Recitation (Anna M. Gade).
Index of People, Places and Topics.
Index of Qur’ an Verses.
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- Offers a true companion for anyone who wishes to read and understand the Qur’an as a text and as a vital piece of Muslim life
- Comprises over 30 original essays by leading scholars
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- Features notes, an extensive bibliography, indexes of names, Qur’an citations, topics, and technical terms