The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in that of traditional Islam. He gives vivid accounts of its role in Muslim civilization, illustrates the diversity of interpretations championed by traditional and modern commentators, discusses the processes by which the book ...
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The Koran has constituted a remarkably resilient core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. In this Very Short Introduction, Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in that of traditional Islam. He gives vivid accounts of its role in Muslim civilization, illustrates the diversity of interpretations championed by traditional and modern commentators, discusses the processes by which the book took shape, and compares it to other scriptures and classics of the historic cultures of Eurasia.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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"In a beautifully written, concise, and insightful study... Michael Cook makes clear some of the mysteries of this holy book....Evocative and explanatory.... For anyone, at almost any level of knowledge, wanting to learn more about the Qur'an, this is a wonderful place to start."--First Things

"Professor Cook's book is informative, witty, and rich with insight. The author firmly places the Koran within its broader context, lending his treatment depth and vigor."--Mohamed Mahmoud, Tufts University

Irwin
Michael Cook's approach to the Koran is intelligent, incisive and original. I would guess that even specialists would learn something...Cook, a professor of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University, starts by putting himself on a level with readers who know nothing whatsoever about the contents of the Koran or the context of its revelation...
Times Literary Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192853448
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Series: Very Short Introductions Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 657,956
  • Lexile: 1210L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University.

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