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The Qurʼan : a biography

Author: Bruce B Lawrence; Atlantic Monthly Press.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press/[Grove Atlantic] ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2006.
Series: Books that shook the world.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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An authoritative introduction to the sacred text reveals how it represents Islam, describing the origins of the faith in seventh-century Arabia while offering insight into how the Qur'an remains a pivotal influence on modern society and politics.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce B Lawrence; Atlantic Monthly Press.
ISBN: 0802118232 9780802118233 9780871139511 0871139510
OCLC Number: 70129240
Description: xiv, 231 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: Arab core --
The prophet Muhammad: merchant and messenger --
The prophet Muhammad: organizer and strategist - Aishah: Muhammad's wife and custodian of his memory --
The Dome of the Rock: Jerusalem landmark, Qur'anic icon --
Early commentaries --
Ja'far as-Sadiq: Shi'ite Imam and Qur'anic exegete --
Abu Ja'far at-Tabari: Sunni historian and Qur'anic exegete --
Later interpretations --
Robert of Ketton: polymath translator of the Qur'an --
Muhyiddin Ibn Arabi: visionary interpreter of divine names --
Jalal ad-din Rumi: author of the Persian Qur'an --
Asian echoes --
Taj Mahal: gateway to the Qur'anic vision of paradise --
Ahmad Khan: Indian educator and Qur'an commentator --
Muhammad Iqbal: Pakistani poet inspired by Qur'anic motifs --
Global accents --
W.D. Mohammed: Qur'an as guide to racial equality --
Osama bin Laden: Qur'an as mandate for jihad --
AIDS victims and sick women: Qur'an as prescription for mercy.
Series Title: Books that shook the world.
Responsibility: Bruce Lawrence.

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An authoritative introduction to the sacred text reveals how it represents Islam, describing the origins of the faith in seventh-century Arabia while offering insight into how the Qur'an remains a pivotal influence on modern society and politics.

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