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The Qur’an

A Beginner's Guide

Farid Esack

The Qur’an has spoken to Muslims for over one thousand years; it is seen as law-maker, moral code, and the word of God. Drawing on both contemporary and ancient sources, Esack outlines the key themes and explains the historical and cultural context of this unique work whilst examining its content, language and style, and the variety of approaches, including fundamentalist, feminist, and modernist, that have been used to interpret it. Other areas covered include: the Qu’ran as evocative oral experience; understanding and interpreting the Qu’ran; the major themes of the Qu’ran, including such issues as truth, justice and gender relations.

  • Publication date: January 27, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781851686247
  • RRP: £9.99
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: February 1, 2009
  • ISBN: 9781780740652
  • RRP: £4.99
  • Pages: 224

Farid Esack

Dr Farid Esack has an international reputation as a Muslim scholar, speaker and human rights activist. He has lectured widely on religion and Islamic studies and also served as a Commissioner for Gender Equality with Nelson Mandela’s government. He has authored numerous Islamic books and is currently the Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

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