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The Koran Very Short Introduction

Author(s): Marshall Cook

ISBN13: 9780192853448

ISBN10: 0192853449


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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: Oxfords Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects. Attractively packaged and lower-priced than all competitors, each Very Short Introduction combines authoritative analysis, new ideas, and enthusiastic writing to make challenging topics highly readable. The affordable Very Short Introduction series is indispensable for general readers, students, and the intellectually curious.

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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 Quran, this is a wonderful place to start.

    - First Things

    "Professor Cooks 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


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