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The Great Themes of the Qur'an - Jacques Jomier

The Great Themes of the Qur'an

Paperback Published: 17th May 2012
ISBN: 9780334027140
Number Of Pages: 142

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This is an introduction to the Qur'an for those who want to know more about it and do not know where to start. In it, Jacques Jomier takes selected passages and points out their distinctive style and language, drawing attention to the religious ideas in the Qur'an and the way in which they are expressed. He shows how the Qur'an keeps returning to certain fundamental truths or essential points of doctrine, its great themes, yet often elsewhere confines itself to suggestion and allusion. He is also deeply aware of the role of the Qur'an in the history of Islam and the life of the community, so that it is not just a holy book but also arouses the emotions Christians feel as they remember family Christmases or hear quiet organ music in a darkened church. Chapters include discussions of Mecca and the early days of Islam, the Muslim community, Adam, Abraham, the prophets, Jesus, and hymns to God the creator. Jacques Jomier is a Dominican and the author of How to Understand Islam.

Translator's Note
What is the Qur'an?p. 1
The rules of etiquettep. 2
How does a Muslim experience the Qur'an?p. 2
A simple teachingp. 3
How the collection of the Qur'anic texts was formedp. 4
Mecca and the Early Days of Islamp. 8
The expedition mounted against the Ka'ba; Meccan commercep. 8
The childhood and youth of Muhammadp. 11
Muhammad's callp. 15
Two manifestations of a superhuman beingp. 17
The man who opposes the preaching of Islamp. 20
A curse addressed to Muhammad's own uncle, Abu Lahabp. 22
Hymns to God the Creatorp. 25
Meditation on creationp. 25
Creation in the Qur'an is in line with biblical traditionp. 26
The usefulness of the divine gifts and man's gratitudep. 26
Plants and animals which appear in the Qur'anp. 27
Some passages in the Qur'an are hymns to the Creatorp. 28
Hymn to the Creator in Qur'an 16.3-18p. 29
The structure of the hymnp. 32
Brief references to other hymns to the Creatorp. 35
Adam, Father of Humankindp. 37
Adam, Iblis, Their Creation and Their Testsp. 40
The angels' testp. 44
Adam and his wifep. 46
A window on the futurep. 48
A last glance at the stylep. 50
Abraham, the Muslimp. 52
The Prophets Who Were 'Saved'p. 63
The typical prophet and his role in historyp. 66
Jesus, Son of Maryp. 80
Jesus and Maryp. 84
The Muslim Communityp. 93
Commands and exhortations addressed to the communityp. 102
Argument and Persuasionp. 108
Conclusionp. 121
Index of Qur'anic Referencesp. 125
General Indexp. 127
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ISBN: 9780334027140
ISBN-10: 0334027144
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 142
Published: 17th May 2012
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 0.76
Weight (kg): 0.17

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