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'Ingrid Mattson has written a stimulating and scholarly account of Islam, focusing on the Quran. She has a gift for condensing complex material without oversimplifying and her approach, although scholarly, is far from being a dry analysis of well-known historical events and religious debates.? ( Journal of Islamic Studies, September 2009)
'It takes rare skill to make an introduction to scripture compelling, but Mattson has done it. Students will find the text fascinating, a delicate balance of highly scholarly material and inviting anecdotes. Scholars will also find the text of interest, particularly its deft compilation of a remarkable breadth of scholarship. Perhaps most importantly, this text is the first full introduction to the study of the Qur'an from the perspective of a Western Muslim woman, bringing the Qur'an alive in ways only someone fully engaged in and sensitive to twenty-first century realities can do.? Tamara Sonn, College of William & Mary
'The author has been entirely successful in accomplishing her aims: she has written an academically-based, well-documented introduction to the Qur'an which will find wide readership.?
Andrew Rippin, University of Victoria
'A balanced, academically-based, and well-documented introduction—Mattson throws a much-needed light on what it means to be a Muslim.? Islamic Horizons