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Opening the Qur'an : introducing Islam's holy book

Author: Walter H Wagner
Publisher: Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, ©2008.
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"Walter H. Wagner "opens" the Qur'an by offering a comprehensive and extraordinarily readable, step-by-step introduction to the text, making it accessible to students, teachers, clergy, and general readers interested in Islam and Islam's holy Book. Wagner first places the prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an, and the early Muslim community in their historical, geographical, and theological contexts. This background is a  Read more...
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Wagner, Walter H., 1935-
Opening the Qur'an.
Notre Dame, Ind. : University of Notre Dame Press, ©2008
(OCoLC)609219099
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter H Wagner
ISBN: 9780268044152 0268044155 9780268044220 0268044228
OCLC Number: 226357517
Awards: Runner-up for IndieFab awards (Religion) 2008
Description: xix, 547 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Risks, perspectives, and understandings --
Basic narratives for Judaism and Christianity --
Islam's basic narrative and core positions --
The setting : reflections on Arabia --
Times and the messenger --
The origin, transmission, and structures of the Qur'an --
Interpreting the Qur'an --
Four cherished passages --
The Qur'an on the end of this world and life in the hereafter --
The Qur'an on woman and women --
The Qur'an on biblical figures, Jews and Christians --
The Qur'an on justice and jihad --
Challenges from the Qur'an --
Challenges to the Qur'an --
The Qur'an opened and open --
Appendix A : Traditional names and orders of surahs --
Appendix B : Biblical figures mentioned in the Qur'an --
Appendix C : Glossary of key terms.
Responsibility: Walter H. Wagner.
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