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The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life

The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life

Ingrid Mattson

ISBN: 978-1-405-12257-3

Dec 2007

276 pages

Select type: Hardcover

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$125.95

Description

An essential introductory text for the study of the Qur’an, its content, and its place in Muslim society.

  • An insightful and authoritative introduction to the book at the heart of Muslim life, written by a well-known Islamic scholar
  • Examines the doctrines contained in the Qur’an, providing a comprehensive explanation of their significance to individual Muslims and the societies in which they live
  • Surveys the key themes of the Qur’an, its most significant historical interpretations, and some of the most significant figures who transmitted and taught the sacred scripture over the centuries
  • Considers the influence of the Qur’an on all major aspects of Muslim society, including personal relationships, popular culture, law, art and architecture, political movements, science, and literature
  • Helps the reader to understand the Qur’an, while throwing a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim.
Introduction.

1. God Speaks to Humanity.

2. The Prophet Conveys the Message.

3. The Voice and the Pen.

4. Blessed Words: The Qur’an and Culture.

5. What God Really Means: Interpreting the Qur’an.

6. Listening for God.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Index

?Ingrid Mattson has written a stimulating and scholarly account of Islam, focusing on the Quran. She has a gift for condensing complex material without oversimplifying and her approach, although scholarly, is far from being a dry analysis of well-known historical events and religious debates.? ( Journal of Islamic Studies, September 2009)

?It takes rare skill to make an introduction to scripture compelling, but Mattson has done it. Students will find the text fascinating, a delicate balance of highly scholarly material and inviting anecdotes. Scholars will also find the text of interest, particularly its deft compilation of a remarkable breadth of scholarship. Perhaps most importantly, this text is the first full introduction to the study of the Qur?an from the perspective of a Western Muslim woman, bringing the Qur?an alive in ways only someone fully engaged in and sensitive to twenty-first century realities can do.? Tamara Sonn, College of William & Mary


?The author has been entirely successful in accomplishing her aims: she has written an academically-based, well-documented introduction to the Qur'an which will find wide readership.?
Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria

?A balanced, academically-based, and well-documented introduction ? Mattson throws a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim.? Islamic Horizons


  • An insightful and authoritative introduction to the book at the heart of Muslim life, written by a well-known Islamic scholar
  • Examines the doctrines contained in the Qur’an, providing a comprehensive explanation of their significance to individual Muslims and the societies in which they live
  • Surveys the key themes of the Qur’an, the most significant historical interpretations, and some of the most important figures who transmitted and taught the sacred scripture over the centuries
  • Considers the influence of the Qur’an on all major aspects of Muslim society, including personal relationships, popular culture, law, art and architecture, political movements, science, and literature
  • Helps the reader to understand the Qur’an, while throwing a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim