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Interpreting the Quran

Author(s): Clinton Bennett

ISBN13: 9780826499448

ISBN10: 0826499449


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  • This book guides readers through the Quran by reordering its chapters into a continuous narrative. Post 9/11, sales of translations of the Quran have rocketed. Students and general readers alike are increasingly interested in the sacred writings of Islam. But the Quran can often make difficult reading. It lacks continuous narrative, and different types of material dealing with different topics are often found in the same chapter. Furthermore, readers often attempt to read the book from start to finish and without any knowledge of the life and experiences of both Muhammad and the community of Islam. "Introductions to the Quran" attempts to make interpretation of these complex scriptures easier by discussing context, history and different interpretations, and presenting selective textual examples. Bennetts new introduction takes a fresh approach, guiding readers through the whole of the Quran, and reordering its chapters to create a framework that untangles and de-perplexes its seemingly unconnected content by placing its chapters and verses into a continuous narrative. Through this new approach the reader will come to understand various aspects of the Qurans interpretation, from Muhammads life, to Muslim conduct and prayer, to legal considerations.

    Clinton Bennett is history and biography editor for the New World Encyclopedia and teaches Religious Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His books include In Search of Muhammad (1998) and Muslims and Modernity (2005).
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