As the living scriptural heritage of more than a billion people, the Qur'an (Koran) speaks with a powerful voice. Just as other scriptural religions, Islam has produced a long tradition of interpretation for its holy book. Nevertheless, efforts to introduce the Qur'an and its intellectual heritage to English-speaking audiences have been hampered by the lack of available resources. The Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an seeks to remedy that situation. In a discerning summation of the field, Jane McAuliffe brings together an international team of scholars to explain its complexities. Comprising fourteen chapters, each devoted to a topic of central importance, the book is rich in historical, linguistic and literary detail, while also reflecting the influence of other disciplines. For both the university student and the general reader, The Cambridge Companion to the Qur'an provides a fascinating entrée to a text that has shaped the lives of millions for centuries.
List of figures; Notes on contributors; Introduction Jane Dammen McAuliffe; Part I. Formation of the Qur'ānic Text: 1. The historical context Fred M. Donner; 2. Creation of a fixed text Claude Gilliot; 3. Alternative accounts of the Qur'ān's formation Harald Motzki; Part II. Description and Analysis: 4. Themes and topics Daniel A. Madigan; 5. Structural, linguistic and literary features Angelika Neuwirth; 6. Recitation and aesthetic reception William A. Graham and Navid Kermani; Part III. Transmission and Dissemination: 7. From palm leaves to the Internet Fred Leemhuis; 8. Inscriptions in art and architecture Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom; Part IV. Interpretations and Intellectual Traditions: 9. The tasks and traditions of interpretation Jane Dammen Mcauliffe; 10. Multiple areas of influence Alexander Knysh; 11. Western scholarship and the Qur'ān Andrew Rippin; Part V. Contemporary Readings: 12. Women's readings of the Qur'ān Asma Barlas; 13. Political interpretation of the Qur'ān Stefan Wild; 14. The Qur'ān and other religions Abdulaziz Sachedina; Qur'ān citation index; General index.
"This companion to the Qur'an is essential for any reader before embarking on a serious reading of the Holy Book of Islam. In particular, it is a welcome addition to other works on Qur'anic studies at Western universities, and strongly recommended to all those engaged in understanding the Qur'an and learning about the vast scholarship that explores its meaning and function in the life of Muslims." - Digest of Middle East Studies
"concise but detailed information … The range of particular topics and issues is nicely woven into a single 'companion'."
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