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The Koran: A Very Short Introduction
     

The Koran: A Very Short Introduction

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by Michael Cook, M. A. Cook
 

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ISBN-10: 0192853449

ISBN-13: 9780192853448

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192853448
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
510,998
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
1210L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
x
Map of places mentioned in the text
xii
Part One: Introduction
Preliminaries
3(5)
The message of the Koran
8(15)
Part Two: The Koran in the modern world
The dissemination of the Koran
23(5)
The interpretation of the Koran
28(14)
The very idea of scripture
42(9)
Part Three: The Koran in the traditional Muslim world
The Koran as codex
51(11)
The Koran as text
62(15)
The Koran as worship
77(18)
The Koran as truth
95(13)
The Koran as an object of dogma
108(9)
Part Four: The formation of the Koran
The collection of the Koran
117(8)
The Koran in the lifetime of the Prophet
125(11)
Doubts and puzzles
136(5)
Conclusion
141(4)
A note on Arabic 145(4)
Going further 149(4)
Index of Koranic verses 153(4)
Index 157

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