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The Koran : A Very Short Introduction - Michael Cook

The Koran

A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 24th February 2000
ISBN: 9780192853448
Number Of Pages: 176

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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.

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"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 "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 "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 "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 "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

Prefacep. v
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Preliminariesp. 3
the Message of the Koranp. 8
The Koran in the modern worldp. 21
the Dissemination of the Koranp. 23
the Interpretation of the Koranp. 28
the Very Idea of Scripturep. 42
The Koran in the traditional Muslim worldp. 49
the Koran as Codexp. 51
the Koran as Textp. 62
the Koran as Worshipp. 77
the Koran as Truthp. 95
the Koran as an Object of Dogmap. 108
The formation of the Koranp. 115
the Collection of the Koranp. 117
the Koran in the Lifetime of the Prophetp. 125
Doubts and Puzzlesp. 136
Conclusionp. 141
A note on Arabicp. 145
Going furtherp. 149
Index of Koranic versesp. 153
Indexp. 157
Expand your collection of VERY SHORT INTRODUCTIONSp. 163
Very Short Introductions Web site www. oup.co.uk/vsip. 164
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ISBN: 9780192853448
ISBN-10: 0192853449
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 24th February 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 18.42 x 12.07  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.14

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