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The Koran, a very short introduction

Author: Michael Cook
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
Series: Very short introductions.
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"The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in that of traditional Islam. He gives vivid accounts of its role in Muslim civilization, illustrates the diversity of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Cook
ISBN: 0192853449 9780192853448
OCLC Number: 42861905
Description: 162 pages : illustrations, map ; 18 cm.
Contents: Part 1: Introduction. Preliminaries ; The message of the Koran --
Part 2: The Koran in the modern world. The dissemination of the Koran ; The interpretation of the Koran ; The very idea of scripture --
Part 3: The Koran in the traditional Muslim world. The Koran as codex ; The Koran as text ; The Koran as worship ; The Koran as truth ; The Koran as an object of dogma --
Part 4: The formation of the Koran. The collection of the Koran ; The Koran in the lifetime of the prophet ; Doubts and puzzles ; Conclusion --
A note on Arabic.
Series Title: Very short introductions.
Responsibility: Michael Cook.
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Explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. This book provides an account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy, and as the embodiment  Read more...

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"In a beautifully written, concise, and insightful study... Michael Cook makes clear some of the mysteries of this holy book....Evocative and explanatory.... For anyone, at almost any level of Read more...

 
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