A Concise Guide to the Quran: Answering Thirty Critical Questions

A Concise Guide to the Quran: Answering Thirty Critical Questions

by Ayman S. Ibrahim
A Concise Guide to the Quran: Answering Thirty Critical Questions

A Concise Guide to the Quran: Answering Thirty Critical Questions

by Ayman S. Ibrahim


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What is so unique about Islam's scripture, the Quran? Who wrote it, and when? Can we trust its statements to be from Muhammad? Why was it written in Arabic? Does it command Muslims to fight Christians? These are a few of the thirty questions answered in this clear and concise guide to the history and contents of the Quran.

Ayman Ibrahim grew up in the Muslim world and has spent many years teaching various courses on Islam. Using a question-and-answer format, Ibrahim covers critical questions about the most sacred book for Muslims. He examines Muslim and non-Muslim views concerning the Quran, shows how the Quran is used in contemporary expressions of Islam, answers many of the key questions non-Muslims have about the Quran and Islam, and reveals the importance of understanding the Quran for Christian-Muslim and Jewish-Muslim interfaith relations.

This introductory guide is written for anyone with little to no knowledge of Islam who wants to learn about Muslims, their beliefs, and their scripture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540962928
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ayman S. Ibrahim (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary; PhD, Haifa University) is Bill and Connie Jenkins Professor of Islamic Studies and director of the Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Egypt and has taught in various countries in the Muslim world and in the West. His articles on Islam and Christian-Muslim relations have appeared in the Washington Post, Religion News Service, and First Things, among others. Ibrahim is the author of The Stated Motivations for the Early Islamic Expansion.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: My Earliest Encounters with the Quran xi

Part 1 The History of the Text of the Quran 1

1 What Is the Quran? 3

2 What Does "Quran" Mean? 6

3 Are There Other Scriptures in Islam? 8

4 What Do Muslims Believe about the Quran? 10

5 Who Is Muhammad, the Recipient and Proclaimer of the Quran? 15

6 Did Muhammad Really Exist? 17

7 When and Where Did Muhammad Receive the Quran? 21

8 What Is the Most Important Feature of the Language of the Quran? 24

9 Why and How Was the Quran Compiled? 29

10 Did Uthman Burn False and Forged Qurans? 37

11 What Do Shiite Muslims Believe about the Collection of the Quran? 42

12 Do Sunnis and Shiites Have the Same Quran Today? 44

13 What Do We Know about the 1924 Royal Cairo Edition of the Quran? 47

14 Are There Any Other Qurans? 51

15 Are All Arabic Versions of the Quran the Same? 55

Part 2 Content, Features, and Themes of the Quran 61

16 How Should I Begin Reading the Quran? 63

17 What Are the Recurring Features at the Beginning of All Suras? 72

18 What Is Abrogation in the Quran? 77

19 What Are the Satanic Verses in the Quran? 83

20 What Is the Most Important Concept for Muslims in the Quran? 89

21 Are Jews and Christians Infidels? 95

22 Does the Quran Really Say the Bible Is Corrupt? 101

23 Who Is Jesus in the Quran? 108

24 Who Are the Prophets in the Quran? 116

25 Did Muhammad Perform Miracles? 119

26 What Does the Quran Say about Jihad and Fighting? 123

27 How Do Muslims Treat the Quran's Verses on Violence Today? 127

28 Who Are "the People of the Quran"? 134

29 What Do Today's Non-Muslim Scholars Say about the Quran? 138

30 Concluding Question: How Does This All Fit Together? 142

Glossary 147

Sources Consulted 165

Index 175

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