Approaching the Qur'an: The Early Revelations / Edition 2

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Approaching the Qur’án is a major event in religious publishing. Professor Michael Sells has captured the complexity, power, and poetry of the early suras of the Qur’án, the sacred scripture of Islam. In this second edition, Sells introduces important new translations of suras and a new preface that addresses the ongoing controversy over teaching about Islam and the Qur’an in American universities. Approaching the Qur’án presents brilliant translations of the short, hymnic suras associated with the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. Most of these early revelations appear at the end of text and are commonly reached only by the most resolute reader of existing English translations. These suras contain some of the most powerful, prophetic and revelatory passages in religious history. They offer the vision of a meaningful and just life that anchors the religion of one-fifth of the world’s inhabitants. Approaching the Qur'án is enriched by inclusion of free downloadable audio recordings of Quranic reciters, allowing readers an opportunity to hear the Qur'án in its original form. The book includes Sells’ Introduction to the Qur’án, commentaries of the suras, a glossary of technical terms, and chapters discussing the sound nature and gender aspects of the Arabic text.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883991692
  • Publisher: White Cloud Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 347,500
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Excellent

    Excellent intro to the Quran as literature.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2002

    AWSOME

    This is an awsome book for one who is looking to find out what Islam is all about and why so many want you to think of it otherwise!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2002

    Approaching the Qur'an

    If all of the Washington noisemakers would desist, for only one day, and devote that day to reading - and listening to - this book, the world would be a different place. Jonathan Scoll

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    fantastic

    This was such a beautiful, compassionate translation. I really enjoyed it. Often as we read the Qur'an in other translations, we may not as readily hear the haunting, sad, compassionate and merciful tone that Muslims hear. Instead we hear of an angry and vengeful God. This inaccurate depiction is partially as a result of us being innundated (subtly and more directly) with a view counter to Muslims' view of God as above all caring, compassionate, merciful and generous. Michael Sells gets at this very spirit in his book. In addition, his choice of verse is also good because we get a sense of the Islamic view of God and man/woman's role as vicergent on this Earth. The CD was beautiful and in a wonderful way marries the sound to the meaning.

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