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The Koran: A Very Short Introduction
     

The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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by Michael Cook
 

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The Koran has constituted a remarkably strong core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. This Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy,

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The Koran has constituted a remarkably strong core of identity and continuity for a religious tradition that is now in its fifteenth century. This Very Short Introduction explores the significance of the Koran both in the modern world and in traditional Muslim culture. Michael Cook provides a lucid and direct account of the Koran as codex, as scripture, as liturgy, and as the embodiment of truth, and examines its means of formation and dissemination. He also discusses issues of interpretation for certain key verses, demonstrating that fecundity of the text for readers throughout the world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Editorial Reviews

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
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191578274
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
02/24/2000
Series:
Very Short Introductions
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
670,146
File size:
19 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael Cook is Cleveland E. Dodge Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Princeton. His publications include the Past Master on Muhammad.

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