Introducing the Qur'an

Introducing the Qur'an

by John Kaltner

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800696665
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 02/04/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Gallery x

Preface xii

Acknowledgments xiv

Introduction 1

Describing the Qur'an 3

Studying the Qur'an 16

Experiencing the Qur'an 29

Key Terms 41

Further Reading 41

Chapter 1 The Natural Environment 42

A Parable 43

A Theocentric Framework 45

The Work of Creation 48

The Works of Creation 49

Nature as Muslim 66

Angels and Jinn 66

Humanity's Place in Creation 70

Key Terms 73

Questions for Discussion 74

Further Reading 74

Chapter 2 Family Matters 75

Kinship 75

Love 77

Family Ties 80

Marriage 89

Divorce 92

Inheritance 95

The Family of the Prophet Muhammad 97

Key Terms 101

Questions for Discussion 101

Further Reading 102

Chapter 3 Gender and Sexuality 103

Terminology 104

Feminist Readings of the Qur'an 106

The Egalitarian Core 108

Problematic Passages 113

The Veil 122

Menstruation 125

Sexual Activity 127

Key Terms 134

Questions for Discussion 134

Further Reading 135

Chapter 4 Muslim/Non-Muslim Relations 136

The Language of Religion 137

Religious Groups 139

Pluralism 155

Key Terms 163

Questions for Discussion 163

Further Reading 163

Chapter 5 Jihad 165

A Complex Term 166

Jihad in the Qur'an 166

The Two Forms of Jihad 174

Usama bin Ladin's Jihad and Use of the Qur'an 181

Key Terms 185

Questions for Discussion 185

Further Reading 186

Chapter 6 Violence and War 187

The Language of Violence 188

Types of Violence in the Qur'an 189

A Range of Responses 195

Explaining the Violence 198

Key Terms 214

Questions for Discussion 214

Further Reading 214

Chapter 7 Death and the Afterlife 215

Reward and Punishment 216

Repentance 219

Death 220

Eschatology 225

Hell 228

Heaven 235

Key Terms 243

Questions for Discussion 243

Further Reading 243

Glossary 245

Index 249

Photo Credits 252

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