Few books in history have been as poorly understood as the Qur €™an. Sent down in a series of revelations to the Prophet Muhammad, it is the unmediated word of Allah. It is revered by Muslims throughout the world, in whom it inspires devotion, passion, fear and, sometimes, incomprehension. In this book, the distinguished historian of religion Bruce Lawrence shows precisely why the Qur €™an is Islam. He describes the origins of the faith in seventh-century Arabia and explains why the Qur €™an needs to be both memorized and recited by its followers. Lawrence also discusses the book €™s doubters and commentators and assesses its tremendous influence on today €™s societies and politics. Above all, Lawrence emphasizes that the Qur €™an is a sacred book of signs that has no single message. It is a book that demands interpretation, and one that can be properly understood only through its history. In these increasingly troubled times, The Qur €™an: A Biography is a beautifully written and authoritative account of one of the world €™s most famous books.
|Author:||Bruce B. Lawrence|
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