The Qur'an

An Introduction

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About The Book

Explaining the language and the major themes of the Qur’an, its unique literary structure, and its alleged "inimitability", Gade highlights how it seamlessly weaves together law, narrative, description and parable. With extensive extracts, illustrations, and detailed insights into its textual history, The Qur’an: An Introduction helps those coming to the translated text for the first time and it explains the unique issues that Qur’anic translation raises.

Exploring how a huge variety of topics are dealt with in the Qur’an, from gender and conflict, to mysticism, and even ecological crisis, both students and general readers will find this an invaluable primer.

About The Author

Anna M. Gade is Senior Lecturer at the Religious Studies Programme, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (February 1, 2010)
  • Length: 304 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781851687046

Raves and Reviews

Readers who seek to find an explanation of what Muslim readers seek in the Qur'an will find this introduction to be a useful and rewarding text.

– Carl Ernst - William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of Nort

"[A] masterful exposition of the sacred book's content, format and literary style, the history of its interpretation, and its relevance to a host of contemporary issues. . . This book will provide a gateway to intercultural understanding and a deeper appreciation of the world's diverse spiritual heritage."

– Mark Juergensmeyer - Professor of Sociology, University of California

“With a concern for both context and relevance, Anna Gade’s lucidly written work presents an accessible introduction to the Qur’an, intricately exploring the text within the compass of traditional perceptions of its form and content.”

– Mustafa Shah - Lecturer in Islamic Studies, Department of the Languages and Cultures of Near and Mid

Readers who seek to find an explanation of what Muslim readers seek in the Qur'an will find this introduction to be a useful and rewarding text.

– Carl Ernst - William R. Kenan, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies, University of Nort

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