Qur'an and its Interpreters Volume 1
For almost fourteen centuries the Quran has been a source of inspiration and solace and, above all, a guide along the way of life toward eternity. Using commentaries from the classical period through the medieval and modern periods to the present, this series presents the Qur'anic explanation as Muslims have understood it and interiorized it throughout its rich exegetical history. This series has been written not primarily for scholars, but for interested readers and non-Arabic speaking students of Islam, both Muslim and non-Muslim.
This volume contains the first and second surahs of the Quran, al-Fatihah and al-Baqarah, and is the first of several volumes yet to be published. The second volume containing the third surah, Al Imran, has been published simultaneously. The entire collection will comprise an encyclopedia of the Quran commentary.
Mahmoud Mustafa Ayoub is professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Religion, Temple University,
Philadelphia, USA. Born in 'Ayn Qana, South Lebanon, he was educated at the American University of Beirut and the University of Pennsylvania, and received his PhD in Comparative Religion from Harvard University in 1975. He has taught and lectured widely on Islam in North America, Europe and Asia. He is the author of a number of books and articles dealing with Islamic subjects and Muslim-Christian relations.